Seven new Ministers and three reshuffled Ministers of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government took their oaths of office and allegiance before the Governor General His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House this morning.
The new Ministers are Hon Manasseh Maelanga- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Jimmy Lusibaea- Minister of Infrastructure Development, Hon Chris Laore- Minister of Forestry and Research, Hon Elijah Doromuala- Minister of Commerce, Industries, Employment and Immigration, Hon David Tome- Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon Moffet Fugui- Minister of Education and Human Resources, Hon Moses Garu Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey.
Hon Maelanga, Hon Lusibaea, Hon Laore, Hon Doromuala, Hon Tome crossed over to join the government from the Independent Group in Parliament. Hon Fugui was the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and a member of the DCCG since it came into power in December 2014 whilst Hon Garu was the Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands following his resignation from the Opposition in July this year.
The reshuffled Ministers are Hon Stanley Sofu who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Hon Bartholomew Parapolo who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism from the Ministry of Forestry and Research and Hon William Marau who has been moved to the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs from the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Employment and Immigration.
These new ministerial appointments and reshuffles were prompted by the recent political upheaval.
The DCCG now has 31 MPs in its fold.
Meanwhile in a welcome function hosted by the Prime Minister’s Office for these new DCCG members last night, Prime Minister Sogavare described their crossover as an action taken in the national interest.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the crucial decision they have taken allows the Democratic Coalition for Change Government to continue with the provision of government services and its policy implementation.
He also lauded the continuing DCCG Ministers who have willingly offered their ministerial portfolios to accommodate their new colleagues.
The Prime Minister said this demonstrates their desire to see DCCG remain in office to implement its policy objectives for the betterment of Solomon Islands.