South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu

Road design delayed K200m project: Awesa

However, Works Minister Francis Awesa gave the assurance that work will start soon as the Department of Works and the contractor have finally agreed on the design component of construction road from Kangu to Kokopau. 

He reiterated that the 64km road work was a design and build contract where K80 million had already been paid for mobilisation works.

Awesa was responding to questions from South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu, in Parliament on Friday.    

Milne Bay Governor Philemon, Masiu jump ship

They are Milne Bay Governor, Titus Philemon, and South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu. Philemon has now joined the United Resources Party (URP), while Masiu joins the National Alliance Party.

Micah said they have accepted the resignation of both MP’s to leave PPP, which is currently a partner in the opposition ranks.

He said the defection on the eve of the elections does not affect PPP in any way and that the party is used to having MP’s jump ship.

Masiu concerned about loss of revenue

South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu said there is no presence of public servants manning the border posts in his electorate that borders Solomon Islands.

He added that the sea border is open and goods easily transported by boats to Kagu which is also undermining the country’s internal security. He questioned Inter - Government Relations Minister Sir Leo Dion about the Border Development Authority was doing to build infrastructure to house public servants.