President Lonsdale calls for more responsibility, less selfishness from political leaders

President Baldwin Lonsdale.

“The security, rights and needs of people must predominate in leaders’ thinking”, says President Baldwin Lonsdale.

The Head of State made Vanuatu’s security the cornerstone of his address in opening the second ordinary sitting of Parliament yesterday. “Leaders must understand that they must take action to avoid violence and corruption proliferating and become aware that people are fearing for their lives”, said President Lonsdale. “The security, rights and needs of people must predominate in leaders’ thinking, and people want to express themselves on these issues, and be heard.” President Baldwin Lonsdale inspected a guard of honour before officially opening the second ordinary sitting. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Speaker of Parliament Esmon Saimon withdrew two Private Members’ Bills from the agenda of the current Parliament sitting yesterday. He stated that they had not Read the rest of this entry »


Civil servants’ outstanding severance claims go back more than ten years

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Local media commemorates anniversary of Cyclone Pam; violence against women highlighted by attack on tourism worker

The first anniversary of TC Pam has not gone unnoticed by the media. Radio Vanuatu has just completed a talkback show in which explanations for the food dumping from NDMO were at least understandable, but on their own admission they still have a lot to learn.

statement from PM Charlot Salwai concerning the recovery and economic strengthening phase and projects already underway with the new government watching (some 20 in all) only make it to page 9 of Daily Post. They are a cut-out-and-keep reminder to all journalists of excellent projects for such as curriculum materials, school reconstruction and recovery of water supplies. And many others. Best of all, the PM has appointed media heavyweight Johnny Koanapo, a parliamentary secretary, to speed up the recovery phase. And PM Salwai calls upon everyone to play his part. “Delays in the process of recovery and economic strengthening phase are not acceptable.”

Maybe the long PM statement was bumped from page one because of the story of a woman tourism official being both kidnapped and beaten by members of a certain public transport association Read the rest of this entry »

Prime Minister Salwai’s statement on the first anniversary of Cyclone Pam

Villagers from Happy Land, Erromango, carry high energy biscuits and supplies back to their homes after a delivery of humanitarian aid by Australian troops following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Photo: ADF

The Vanuatu Government’s response to Cyclone Pam began immediately following the disaster and will continue for the next 18 months. The first phase of the response was Read the rest of this entry »