7 Jan 2014

World Vision accused of wasting Solomons tsunami funds

9:29 am on 7 January 2014

The premier of Temotu province in Solomon Islands says there's been a lot suspicion of the charity World Vision's spending following last year's tsunami.

The comment follows Charles Brown Beu's confirmation that many of the thousands who lost their homes in the disaster last February are still living in temporary accommodation.

He says after the tsunami World Vision bought a number of trucks, which have since been taken back to Honiara.

But Father Beu says the organisation also bought a lot of new outboard motor boats and canoes.

"In people's view there's already enough canoes and boats in Lata which they can make use of instead of buying new ones and then put this money to better use to assist people who have been affected."

Charles Brown Beu says a government programme to build new, permanent housing for those who lost homes has foundered over lack of funding.