PM denies plans to sack senior ministers

Solomon Islands’ newly elected Prime Minister and MP for Small Malaita, Hon Rick Houenipwela. Photo by George Herming
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PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has denied any plans to sack ministers in his Cabinet.

Prime Minister Hou issued a statement following a front-page article by veteran journalist Mr Alfred Sasako in the Island Sun yesterday, claiming that the Prime Minister could be dismissing five senior ministers in his Cabinet.

“These false rumours are advanced by people who are intent on undermining the solidarity of the SIDCCG. We have a very important task ahead and that is to pass the 2018 Budget. Therefore, these few weeks are critical for us,” he said.

The Prime Minister said his Government remains intact and is committed in delivering its priority policies earmarked for this year.

Hou said he wants ministers to concentrate on the Budget and more especially in improving it.

He said he has no time for politicking as he is determined to do the work.

“We have no time to waste and I am encouraging all my Cabinet ministers to concentrate on serving our people and our country as we remain committed to the immense work ahead of us,” he said.

The Prime Minister further stressed that the public should not allow themselves to be misled by rumours which are derived from hearsay.

Hou said the people can be rest assured that the Government is stable.

Meanwhile, he reiterated sentiments shared during the launching of the Government’s policy last Friday that political instability has always been an impediment to Government’s ability to implement and achieve its objectives.

“For too long, political instability has watered down well intended government programs and undermined good strong political leadership. We have a very short time and we must remain committed in serving our people,” he said.