14 Mar 2013

Complaint against Solomons PM to be tabled soon

6:24 pm on 14 March 2013

The Leadership Code Commission in Solomon Islands could consider the sexual misconduct complaint against the Prime Minister as early as next week, following the appointment of two commissioners to the anti-corruption body.

The group Forum Solomon Islands International made a complaint in January alleging Gordon Darcy Lilo had an extramarital affair but the Commission couldn't deal with it until it replaced two members whose terms had expired last year.

The chairperson of the Leadership Code Commission Emmanuel Kouhata says two new commissioners have been sworn-in and the Commission should have its first meeting next week.

He says there's no guarantee the Commission will launch an investigation.

"We are hoping that the allegation against the prime minister and other allegations against other leaders would be put before the Commission during that meeting. The Commission has to decide whether the complaint or the allegation falls within the powers of the Commission to investigate that allegation."

Emmanuel Kouhata says the Commission has to consider whether a leader has engaged in any act which might diminish his office.