BY SAMIE WAIKORI
A team from the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace together with other relevant stakeholders are in Malaita province for the scoping stage of the Reparation Bill.
The programme started yesterday at Buma village in West Kwara’ae where women held a prep-session prior to the actual reparation consultation to start today.
Under Secretary Administration of MNURP, Mr Gregory Rofeta said in an interview yesterday that the programme is part of preparation for the Reparation Bill.
He said it’s common for a bill to go through certain processes before it become chained and go before parliament.
“Our coming is to conduct a scoping process of the bill for the people in Malaita. We’ll talk about the purpose and the importance of the bill to the people.
“The process is to discover people’s opinion on the bill, as it will help shape the way it will be,” Rofeta said.
He said the consultation process of the bill is yet to be carried out, which will follow this scoping process, as they eye the bill to go before parliament towards the end of the year.
Rofeta said according to the programme, only Buma village was selected in the province for the scoping programme of the bill.
He said stakeholders expected for the scoping programme include representatives from victims of the past ethnic tension, ex-combatants, traditional leaders, church leaders, women, youths and others.
Rofeta said the official programme will start today and expects to end tomorrow.