9 Mar 2010

Solomons MPs threaten boycott over fund worries

1:12 pm on 9 March 2010

There are reports from Solomon Islands that MPs are threatening to boycott the opening of Parliament unless there's a commitment from the Government to pay a series of constituency grants over the next six weeks.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports that MPs want half the grants paid by the April 24th when the session is due to finish.

The paper says each MP expects to receive, on behalf of his constituency, annual grants of about 300,000 US dollars.

About 25 percent of the amount is the rural constituency development fund, which at times has been called the slush fund because of concerns of waste and misappropriation.

The matter is expected to be debated at a government caucus before a letter outlining the threatened boycott is given to the Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua.