Moses Garu

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The Right Honourable
Moses Garu
MP
Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 November 2011
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo
Preceded by himself (prior to resignation)
Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification
In office
18 April 2011 – 9 November 2011
Prime Minister Danny Philip
Preceded by Mark Kemakeza
Succeeded by himself (after 12 day vacancy)
Member of Parliament
for West Guadalcanal
Incumbent
Assumed office
4 August 2010
Preceded by Laurie Chan
Personal details
Born 1 December 1969
Political party Democratic Party

Moses Garu (born December 1, 1969 in Isunavutu, West Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal Province[1]) is a Solomon Islands politician.

With diplomas in tropical agriculture and in secondary teaching, he has worked in public service, as a school teacher, and in banking.[2] He was a bank manager at the time of the severe ethnic conflicts on Guadalcanal and Malaita in the early 2000s. In May 2000, he was attacked by members of the Malaita Eagle Force with machetes and axes. They allegedly attempted to behead him, leaving him with a permanent "puckered scar on his right jaw running on down his neck". Jimmy "Rasta" Lusibaea, one of the leaders of the Eagle Force, was among those charged with attempting to murder Garu, but charges were dropped when "witnesses failed to testify".[3][4]

Garu's political career began when he was elected MP for West Guadalcanal in the August 2010 general election, representing the Democratic Party. Lusibaea was also elected to Parliament for the first time in that election, as an Independent, resulting in the two men sitting across from each other in the assembly. They "spoke at length" after the election, and were reported to have "put their past to rest", with Garu expressing no resentment over what had happened during the conflicts.[5][6][7]

With the Democratic Party becoming the main Opposition party, Garu was appointed Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs in Opposition Leader Steve Abana's Shadow Cabinet.[8] In February 2011, however, he and two other Opposition members defected to Prime Minister Danny Philip's government majority, stating that they wished to help pass the budget and defend the interests of their respective constituencies.[9] On April 18, he was appointed Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification.[10]

On November 9, 2011, he resigned and rejoined the Opposition, as part of a mass defection which brought down the Philip government two days later.[11][12] Gordon Darcy Lilo replaced Philip as Prime Minister on November 16, and reappointed Garu to his previous position five days later.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official biography on the parliamentary website
  2. ^ Official biography on the parliamentary website
  3. ^ "The getting of wisdom", Sydney Morning Herald, October 2, 2010
  4. ^ "Pas d'amnistie pour les « Aigles de Malaita »", Les Nouvelles calédoniennes, February 12, 2008
  5. ^ "The getting of wisdom", Sydney Morning Herald, October 2, 2010
  6. ^ "SIDP rises to top", Solomon Star, August 14, 2010
  7. ^ Official biography on the parliamentary website
  8. ^ "Abana is new Opposition leader", Solomon Star, September 1, 2010
  9. ^ "More MPs Join Government", Solomon Star, February 25, 2011
  10. ^ "New Cabinet Ministers Sworn in", Solomon Times, April 19, 2011
  11. ^ "Lilo fired", Solomon Star, 11 November 2011
  12. ^ "PM Resigns", Solomon Star, 11 November 2011
  13. ^ "Abana, Maelanga likely candidates for DPM", Solomon Star, 21 November 2011