PM and DPM hit back

Prime Minister Ricky Houenipwela and Former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
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No Prime Minister’s secret fund, Hou and Sogavare in good terms

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare have refuted claims that they are not in talking terms with each other.

And, Prime Minister Hou also asserts having no knowledge of an alleged ‘secret fund’ being run in the Prime Minister’s office.

In a joint statement yesterday, the two leaders say they have a lot of work to do in such a short period of time and they cannot be deterred from this goal.

“We have a lot to of work to do and we cannot allow people with evil agendas to frustrate our resolve.”

The statement says the SI DCCG is determined to pass the 2018 budget as schedule in March and deliver on its goals it has set out to deliver on.

The statement says it appears someone is bent on driving a wedge between the Prime Minister and his deputy.

The statement said that the people should not listen to groups and individuals who maybe advancing issues aimed at destabilising the government.

It said these motives are not in the best interest of this country.

“We both assure our people that the Prime Minister and the DPM will not be deterred by such evil motives. The SIDCCG is determined to do the best for its people.”

Meanwhile, as regards to the Prime Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Prime Minister Hou says he is not aware of a “secret fund” being run in the Prime Minister’s office.

“I have no knowledge of a secret fund under ROC funding,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that ROC grant funding is a matter for that country to decide on under its normal aid programme to Solomon Islands.