The Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo made a surprise visit to Munda on Saturday (9th) to try to break the deadlock over the supply of gravel for the airport upgrade. This was held in Davinia Taylor Hall at the hospital. He chaired a lively debate, with the hall full of local land owners. The current commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is British, and Graham was able to talk to him about the airport and other matters. The royal visit to Honiara last September was also mentioned.
After the meeting the Prime Minister, the commissioner and over 20 policemen went down to Agnes Lodge for a small meal. Graham was able to speak briefly to the Prime Minister about the hospital and the work on the runway, before the P.M. got into the Dash 8 for his flight back to Honiara.
We have had very stormy weather here for the last 5 days, so Steve Pearce was fortunate to get to Choiseul and back by canoe, and then to catch his flights back to London via Honiara & Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Jenny and Darity remain in Sasamunga, with no internet access, intermittent mobile signal and the waves of the open Pacific Ocean crashing on the beach just in front of the hospital.