By Mike Puia
TOP local musician, Samson Saeni (famously known as Sharzy), who was arrested in Gizo, Western province last Tuesday, says he is so happy to be home.
The three-time award winning Sharzy, who is currently facing illegal entry charges, is unhappy that he was charged on arrival in his Gizo home town.
An immigration officer based in Noro arrived in Gizo and opened a case against Sharzy, claiming Sharzy failed to notify their office of his entry.
Speaking to Island Sun Gizo, Sharzy said he was not expecting anything to happen since he felt he was only re-entering his country.
He said there are many people who move in and out of the country’s common border with Papua New Guinea.
Sharzy said it is surprising that he was picked out from the many people on both sides that cross the border to come through this “sad situation”.
“The immigration officer asked for my travel documents then how many band boys are coming with me,”
“I told him that I come by myself. Maybe he thinks I come with a band as he arranged a vehicle for pick up,” Sharzy said.
He admitted failing to get an exit stamp from Buka prior to coming due to a tight travel schedule and because his coming was a last minute decision.
“I arrived in Arawa on 15th. I had no chance to go back to Buka to get the exit stamp. Since I was closer to home, I decide to come,” Sharzy said.
He said his decision to travel from Arawa to Gizo was a last minute decision but one that works well with his other plans.
He plans to visit his family and to perform in Noro and Gizo this weekend.
“The immigration office in Noro might follow up on my arrival by seeing posters for my gig this weekend in Noro,”
“I am a public person and everyone knows me. I have nothing to hide,” Sharzy said.
Sharzy, who has Malaita and Western parentage, was born and raised in Gizo.
He is from Paeloge Village in Gizo and speaks Simbo, Ranogga and Roviana dialects proving his strong connection to the province.
Sharzy, who currently resides in Goroka Province in PNG, has been released on bail and will appear at the Gizo magistrate court next Monday.