20 Apr 2007

Solomon Islands minister accuses opposition leader of playing politics over the tsunami

9:25 am on 20 April 2007

A Solomon Islands cabinet minister, Joses Sanga, has called on the opposition leader, Fred Fono, to work closely with the government instead of making politically charged comments about the way it has responded to the disaster in the country's west.

Mr Sanga says it is immature for Mr Fono to try and make political capital out of the disaster.

Mr Fono earlier this week attacked the prime minister Manasseh Sogavare for waiting nearly two weeks before travelling to Western Province and Choiseul.

He also criticised the failure to invite the opposition on the trip but Mr Sanga says arrangements were made for Mr Fono to join the tour but he never showed up at the airport.

Mr Sanga says Mr Fono's comment are merely political and show little regard for the victims of the crisis.