BY GEORGINA KEKEA
A space to congregate and strategize is particularly important for any grouping or association wishing to do something for the country.
On Sunday Solomon Islands United Party (SIUP) are pleased to open a new office space where they can come together to strategise and discuss issues pertaining to the party’s interest and the country as a whole.
Though being the first political party to lead the country in 1978, for 40 years, SIUP has been without an office.
Speaking to Island Sun on the opening of their office at Ranadi, SIUP interim President Peter Kenilorea Jnr says they are pleased and indebted to Adam Bartlett and family who had been instrumental in acquiring a space for them.
He said in the long run they want to see the politics in Solomon Islands deviate towards a party system and this office space will be useful for them in the future.
Kenilorea Jnr says SIUP feels strongly that this office space is established whether or not a candidate of theirs gets into parliament.
“In Solomon Islands we are very much focused on the cult of personality. So that cult of personality is driving our politics still. But we feel there is a big role where party politics can play in terms of shaping policies.”
He said SIUP in the past had been trying to vie people to vote for parties but the cult of personality was very strong.
“All time people do not vote by party but by person,” Kenilorea Jnr said.