Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 20 October 2015

Apologies no Digest yesterday. But …

The main item was that the 11 MPs arrested on Friday remained with Correctional Services until yesterday when they were, however, permitted bail conditions whilst awaiting their sentencing.

Today at 2 pm the Supreme Court will hear two Urgent Constitutional applications. The first is of the leading Opposition figures Joe Natuman, Ham Lini and Ralph Regenvanu seeking a declaration that the pardon declared by Pipite is unlawful.

Also today, too, MPs Serge Vohor, Jonas James and Tony Wright are seeking a court decision that President Fr Baldwin Lonsdale’s revocation of the Pipite premature pardon of the convicted in the Bribery Case is unlawful.

The possibility of 2 to 6 cyclones during this cyclone season has been under much discussion in the media as we also start to feel the hot season with us once again. And preservation of adequate supplies of drinking water and suitable catchment areas has also been of concern in this intensifyingly droughty El Nina year. Local resilience – and knowledge – are able to be of great assistance here.

Prime Minister Kilman has called for peace and calm in the wake of the the MP trial.