PNG NATIONAL ALLIANCE PRESIDENT MANOA DIES

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 6) - The president of the ruling National Alliance Party, George Manoa, suffered a stroke and died yesterday afternoon at the Holiday Inn hotel in Port Moresby.

Mr Manoa had just finished a game of squash and sat down for a drink of water when he collapsed.

Parliamentary leader of NA and Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and NA General Secretary Stephen Pokawin said yesterday they were deeply saddened at the sudden loss of Mr Manoa.

"His untimely passing is a great loss to the party and his contributions are immeasurable. "Our sincere sympathies also go to his wife Delilah, brother Donald and sisters Dorothy and Colish and children Alvin and Malis," said Sir Michael and Mr Pokawin.

From Navunaram village in East New Britain province, Mr Manoa was a quiet person who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and played a very significant role in the "dynamics of the National Alliance", according to a colleague last night.

"George worked very well in building up relationships with parties and coalition partners; he has left a big vacuum and it will be very hard to fill," she said. "The late George was very committed to the work of the party. We were working like a family and I just can't believe that he is gone."

The Prime Minister and his staff personally took Mr Manoa's body from the Port Moresby General Hospital and delivered it to the Funeral Home at Erima, NCD. 

Family members would be meeting during the week to plan funeral arrangements.

October 7, 2003

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