Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Ms Justine Braithwaite and RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) Commander, Mr Greg Harrigan today paid a courtesy call on the Malaita Provincial Premier, Hon. Edwin Suibaea at the provincial capital Auki.
Ms Braithwaite and Mr Harrigan used the occasion to brief Premier Suibaea on a proposed visit by Australia’s Minister for Justice, the Hon. Michael Keenan to Auki on a date to be confirmed.
During the meeting, the two RAMSI senior executives also discussed the capacity building work being undertaken by PPF with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF); the proposal by the Solomon Islands Government for the limited rearmament of the RSIPF; security preparations for the National Election; the prevention of family and gender-based violence; and reconciliation.
Ms Braithwaite and Mr Harrigan also met with the Malaita Principal Magistrate, David Alphaeus Madamangi who showed the visitors the new Magistrates Court. They also visited the present Auki Police Station and the site for the new station, which is currently under construction.
The Auki Magistrates Court as well as the new Auki Police Station and Police Housing have been funded by Australia under RAMSI as part of the capacity building for the RSIPF and the justice sector in Solomon Islands.
RAMSI’s Participating Police Force continues to have advisors assisting the RSIPF in Auki as well as in Gizo, Western Province.