PNG Politicians, Diplomatic Core Pay Tribute To Late Governor General

Ogio's to be flown to Bougainville to lie in state in Buka and for burial in home of Tinputz

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 24, 2017) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill led his Cabinet to pay their last respects to the late vice regal Sir Michael Ogio as he lay in the State Government House yesterday.

Members of both the Government and Opposition came together to pay their respects.

The Cardinal of PNG and Solomon Islands Sir John Ribat was also present to bid his final farewell and deliver the official condolence note from the Pope.

Ambassadors and high commissioners also turned up in numbers to present their condolences and pay their last respect on behalf of their leaders, government and people.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and several officials from the National and Supreme Court also turned up to be part of the occasion.

Acting speaker of Parliament John Simon, acting Clerk Kala Aufa and the staff of Parliament were present.

[PIR editor's note: On Feb. 24, 2017 PNG Post-Courier reported that 'Late Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio will lie in State at Bougainville’s House of Representative in a second ceremony where leaders will pay their last respect. The late vice regal will have a full military escort tomorrow to Buka on a chartered Air Niugini aircraft. ... The burial will be on Sunday at 3pm at his Suangu hamlet, Tinputz, North Bougainville.']

Ministers also present included Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato, Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Mao Zeming, National Planning Minister Charles Abel, Health Minister Michael Malabag, Environment and Climate Change Minister John Pundari, Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru, Communications and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro, Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa, Lands and Physical and Planning Minister Benny Allen, Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu and Justin Tkatchenko as the minister in charge.

Rabaul Open MP Dr Allan Marat and Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua led the Opposition caucus into the State House to pay their respects. Mendi Open MP De Kewanu and Nipa Kutubu MP Jeffery Komal also joined with several State Owned Enterprise heads and officers.

Former prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu also arrived just in time to view the body and pay his last respect at the State House.

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