PNG Mourns The Death Of Former Chief Secretary Of Government

Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc lauded as one of PNG's most capable public servants

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 7, 2017) – Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc was the most intelligent, capable and proud former leader of the Public Service.

This was the apt description of the former chief secretary by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on Sir Manasupe’s death in Lae yesterday morning.

Hundreds more of Sir Manasupe’s colleagues, friends, and politicians offered their condolences as the word of his passing spread. Sir Manasupe was forced to resign from public life last February as he suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Mr O’Neill said that Sir Manasupe made an enormous impact on the evolution of the public sector and the services that it delivered for the people.

"He believed in and he led reforms to deliver essential services to our people, many who have never had access to healthcare and education in the past.

"Sir Manasupe and I shared a dream on so many areas required to build our nation, in particular we believed in the importance of devolving power and authority from the centre, to rural and remote areas.

"Empowering the people in our communities is an essential part of developing and advancing our nation, and I offer thanks to the commitment of Sir Manasupe in advancing devolution,

"On behalf of the nation, we offer our thanks to Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, for his tireless work for Papua New Guinea," Mr O’Neill said.

He offered his deepest condolences to the Zurenuoc family on "one of our great servants of the people".

Sir Manasupe had been a public servant for three decades, serving the people of Papua New Guinea, and earlier, the people of Morobe at the provincial level.

"His advice was of the highest level, always sound and wise.

"His conviction was to do what was right, and in the interests of the people of our nation.

"Even though he held the highest office of our public sector, he was a most humble and genuine person, who always maintained a common touch," Mr O’Neill said.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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