Before wrapping up its final session in late September and dissolving, Nitijela passed a number of bills. These include: • Postal Services Amendment Act. This clarifies roles of the board and Minister responsible, as well as strengthening “the appearance of the independence of the (Postal) Authority,” according to the bill’s summary. • Import Duties Amendment […]
The KBE Local Government’s “Air Bikini” airplane arrived last Friday to much fanfare and celebration at Amata Kabua International Airport. A big group of local VIPs was on hand to welcome the plane next to the AMI hangar. The event included a blessing from UCC Rev. Palukne Johnny, speeches by Acting President Brenson Wase, KBE […]
Ruben Zackhras, a member of the first RMI Nitijela and one of the longest-serving elected leaders in the history of this country, died in Hawaii Wednesday this week. He was 71. Zackhras had been battling cancer for months, though he continued to carry out his duties as ambassador to Fiji until recently.
HILARY HOSIA Arguments over a reported bribe attempt, the RMI’s “SOV” plan, and the proposed Rongelap investment zone dominated Nitijela’s first session day Monday after a three-week break for committee hearings. You could describe Monday’s session as a rugby scrum, with battling parties locked head to head and kicking the ball back and forth.
Journal 6/19/1981 P1 Dropout problem at MIHS graduation Amid the joy of Marshall Islands High School’s 17th commencement, graduates and education officials alike wondered, “Where are the rest?” The class of 1981 finished in ceremonies at the Uliga Protestant Church, with only 60 members, the lowest in many years. Principal Tony Jetnil was the first […]
GIFF JOHNSON Mattlan Zackhras, a four-term member of Nitijela who was a key figure in successful grassroots community development on Namdrik Atoll and who the past two years has been outspoken globally on the need for climate action, died this week in Taipei. Zackhras, 47, who has represented Namdrik Atoll in Nitijela since January 2004, […]
HILARY HOSIA Here are a few highlights from this week’s Committee of the Whole session from the ongoing Constitutional Convention at the International Conference Center. • Majuro Delegate Yolanda Lodge-Ned wants to prevent candidates with felony charges in their history from running for Nitijela, adding that the current law allows felons who did time to […]
Kessai Note was elected President for the 2017 Constitutional Convention at the International Conference Center Thursday. Note won by a single vote over Christopher Loeak 22-21. Casten Nemra won the vice presidency from Phillip Muller 25-18, while Yolanda Lodge-Ned got the favor of 41 delegates to win the secretarial seat by secret ballot as she […]
A series of new bills have been introduced into Nitijela by different Nitijela members. Among the new legislation: • Jabot Senator Kessai Note is proposing a constitutional amendment to change the opening day of Nitijela from the first Monday of January to the second Monday of the month each year. The purpose for the changed […]
ISAAC MARTY Several hundred Bikinians on Kili and Ejit islands met with the Interior Department’s Insular Affairs Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina last week Wednesday and Thursday to discuss resettlement options outside the RMI as well as a nuclear clean up of Bikini. These concerns were brought up last year by the Kili/Bikini/Ejit (KBE) council, and […]