The CHAIRMAN of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee and Opposition MP, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jnr, expresses concern that the authorities may be aware of the facts related to the arms shipment.
This follows recent media reports of some very interesting information coming to light about undisclosed firearms being sent into the country.
In a statement today, the MP for East Are’Are said the conflicting statements by the Comptroller of Customs and the Commissioner of Police raise many questions rather than answers.
He said that the fact that government officials, civil servants, are advised not to say a word about it is very concerning.
Hon Kenilorea said he had written to the Commissioner of Police in his capacity as Chairman of Parliamentary External Relations.
He acknowledged the police commissioner’s response that the arms shipment was currently under police investigation.
“The questions that raise a lot of suspicion are why are replica weapons being unloaded into a lumber pond somewhere in Guadalcanal on a logging barge? Why aren’t they commercially shipped and unloaded at our internationally recognized port? If these are replica firearms for the police, why aren’t the police aware of the shipment and are still investigating the matter? Why are replica weapons sent to entities that are not authorized entities? Hon Kenilorea questioned.
The Opposition MP said the fact that the consignment is still under police investigation, ordered to be held at Queen’s Warehouse and later released raises many suspicions.
Hon Kenilorea reiterated that a public display at a press conference of all the replica guns, which apparently arrived in four large crates, should be held to ease people’s minds.
“This country has had a dark history with firearms and anything that has been brought into the country under cover is concerning and very sensitive. We should never go down this road and that is why the gun issue will cause great anxiety among the citizens of this country,” he said.
Hon. Kenilorea said the narrative promoted by the police that these replicas are to help train UN peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands is laughable.