BY ALEX DADAMU
THE Governor-General, His Excellency Rt Reverend Sir David Vunagi has told Members of Parliament to perform their constitutional mandate with integrity, statesmanship, and ethical behavior.
His Excellency made the statements when opening Parliament’s first session for 2020 with a traditional speech from the throne at the Parliament’s chambers on Monday.
Sir Vunagi said it was his humble duty and special privilege, as the Constitutional Representative of Her Majesty, The Queen and Head of State of the Independent Democratic Sovereign State of Solomon Islands to deliver the Traditional Speech from the Throne and officially open the first session of the 11th Parliament third meeting.
His Excellency Vunagi took the opportunity among other issues in reminding Ministers of the Crown to discharge their constitutional mandate with integrity and statesmanship.
He told parliament that the future of Solomon Islands depends on their sound judgment and vision in leading our beloved country forward.
“I pray you will rise to the occasion and deliver on your policies for the good of this country,” Sir Vunagi told Parliament.
The Governor-General also encouraged the Honourable Leader of the Official Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale as the leader of the alternative government, to exercise the check and balance functions of the opposition Office in a vigorous but responsible and ethical manner.
“This is because the official opposition plays an important Constitutional role in ensuring that the government is held accountable, transparent and attentive in its decision making and in the discharge of its constitutional mandate in leading and governing our people,” Sir Vunagi said.
On the same note, His Excellency Sir Vunagi also encouraged the Leader of the Independent Group to continue with the good work that he and his members have done so far in representing a balanced and constructive view on national issues of public interest.
He said it is his prayer that the independent office continues to advocate for the national interest by independently discharging the functions of the office without fear or favor whilst ensuring that both the Government and the Official Opposition are held accountable in the discharge of their constitutional mandate.
His Excellency further encouraged all Members of Parliament that each of them is representatives of their people in the honored house and that he would like to appeal that they discharged their constitutional mandate without fear or favor as well.
Sir Vunagi in the meantime reminded the 11th Parliament that their responsibility is an overwhelming and ethical one that needs sound guidance, ethical leadership and requires a clear vision and he trusts that they will discharge their duties with due diligence and integrity.