Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has defended the State of Public Emergency, Regulations and Orders claiming they were made to protect this country and its people and not as a pretext to trample on “your fundamental rights”.
Speaking during his fortnightly national address on COVID-19 today Sogavare said: “This Government respects your rights and will continue to do so, but of course, subjected to public interest and health. This government will continue to uphold our Constitution, the supreme law of the land, whilst protecting our country and people.”
He went into details on why the State of Public Emergency, Regulations and Orders was created in 2020 in responding to what he claimed as some people even went to the media saying that laws made under the State of Public Emergency were probably unconstitutional. He added there were even arguments that these laws were made to suppress freedom of expression.
But Sogavare said: “The State of Public Emergency, the Regulations and Orders were made purposely to protect our country and people, and that is what we have been doing all along.”
He continued: “It is not made as a pretext to trample on your fundamental rights. This Government respects your rights and will continue to do so, but of course, subjected to public interest and health.”
He said his government will continue to uphold our Constitution, the supreme law of the land, whilst protecting our country and people.
“This is the mandate of this government, the government that you have elected in accordance with the principles of representative democracy, and this government stand by these very principles.”
Sogavare recalled then that Sir David Vunagi then made a declaration that a State of Public Emergency exists in Solomon Islands on 26th March 2020 which was only two weeks after the virus was declared a global pandemic.
At that time WHO confirmed that 195 countries around the world already had confirmed cases and there were 422,566 confirmed cases and 18,887 deaths worldwide.