It is confirmed that the president of United Party(UP) has been taken by police this afternoon for questioning.
Reasons for this are unknown at this stage; and therefore, one cannot say it is connected to the recent crisis.
The news reached the public domain via a social media post by a certain individual(Name Witheld).
I JUST HEARD PRESIDENT OF UNITED PARTY WAS ARRESTED BY ARMED POLICE.
LAST WEEK A CABINET MINISTER ADMITTED TO BEING CORRUPT AND OUR PM WAS REPEATEDLY ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER….. YET OPPOSITION POLITICAL LEADERS ARE ALLEDGEDLY BEING ARRESTED !
A VERY SAD DAY FOR OUR DEMOCRACY 😢🇸🇧
Not long after the news came out on social media, the Honourable for East Are’are, Peter Kenilorea(Jnr) confirmed it in a Facebook status update.
This is what he wrote:
This is to confirm that John Kwaita, one of our nation’s prominent leaders, who is also United Party’s President, was taken by armed police from his home today and is currently under police custody.
I call for calm at this time. I am still trying to ascertain further details and what charges are being laid against him. I will make further comments on this tomorrow.
May God bless Solomon Islands from shore to shore.
The Solomon Islands Herald reached out to one of the RSIPF media reporters via email with questions but was unable to get any reply as yet.
We hope to inform the public once we have more details soon.