BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
WILLIE Tuhagenga is the new Premier of Rennell and Bellona Province.
It is understood that he was elected unopposed having only one nomination submitted to the Provincial Clerk.
Rennell and Bellona’s provincial assembly was given a lifeline by the Ministry of Provincial Government (MPGIS) last week to try and elect a new premier for the province.
This follows the 10-member assembly’s failure to make up their mind over who should be the new premier on July 24 and 25, having gone through four rounds of votes and reaching 5-5 ties in all.
The ultimatum was they should elect a new premier and executive on August 5 (yesterday), 2019; if not then the infant assembly will be dissolved.
These MPAs brought Rennell and Bellona province to the brink of being dissolved with their unprecedented action.
MPGIS decision to give a second chance to Solomon Islands’ tiniest province came by way of a Ministerial Order on July 31, instructing the Renbel Assembly that it has been given August 5, 2019 as the final date to elect a new premier.
Failure to do that would automatically result in the provincial assembly’s dissolution, and an ensuing re-election.
In their social media forum the ‘RENBEL NEWS FORUM’, the Premier election’s much anticipating locals congratulated their newly elect Premier.
“Finally we have a Premier. Big congratulations to Willie Tuha for being elected as our new provincial leader.
“Wish to also thank our nine other MPAs for listening to the cries and advices from our community.
“Honestly our province is very easy to run and manage. We ourselves have made it look so difficult to develop and grow our province,” said one comment on RENBEL NEWS FORUM.
Another congratulating the newly elect Premier said “May God guide you with wisdom to lead Renbel Province”.