Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Polye apologises to Sir Michael over political impasse

Polye was a member of the National Alliance Party who rebelled against party leader and then Prime Minister Sir Michael when he was seeking medical treatment overseas.

“Instead of me being the acting prime minister, Sam Abel was appointed the acting prime minister and I was very angry with that.

“Enga politics took a better part of me, and Peter O’Neill and Belden Namah became the Prime Minister and I apologise for that,” Polye said.

Ambassador Rai reflects on Chief Somare’s life in politics

Below is a reflection of Papua New Guinea’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Max Rai.

“It’s like yesterday, when I first met Sir Michael as a child in my elder sister’s family home in Wewak.

“My in-law, Paul Kafafi was a well-known radio Wewak announcer, and a work mate of Michael Somare, the aspiring candidate for The East Sepik Regional Seat, challenging an established Australian businessman and Member of the House of Assembly, Frank Martin.

Sir Michael Somare to speak at Pangu Pati fundraiser

Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister was a member of the famous Bully Beef Club whom formed the Papua and New Guinea (Pangu) Pati in the late 1960s, and drove the idea of self-government from Australia.   

Sir Michael will retire from politics at the end of this parliament term.

The fundraising dinner in the Morobe capital will also commemorate one of the country’s oldest parties, 50th anniversary.

Current party leader and Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil said despite not having the business support, the fundraiser will be held as scheduled.

Any recognition for retired founding fathers?

Sinesine-Yongomugl MP, Kerenga Kua, said Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, who is retiring after more than 40 years in politics, and former leader Sir Peter Lus, who also served around 40 years in politics, deserve recognition as a form of “luksave” according to PNG custom.

Bai yumi gat sampla spesol luksave igo long Sir Peter Lus na Sir Michael Somare taim em ba pinis long displa term or nogat?

Koim welcomes Singapore’s court decision

Koim said the decision is remarkable and a landmark decision where a foreign court for the first time investigated a case without PNG investigators asking them to probe that particular case.

He told Loop PNG that this was not the first case and many people have been implicated in it.

Koim said his team is aware of funds destined to the PNG Government but distributed offshore, but have difficulty in working with foreign jurisdictions to successfully start the investigation.

Fair distribution will unite this nation, says Somare

Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, made these comments when addressing people who attended the National Party dinner in Port Moresby last week.                            

“It is true that some provinces desire more autonomous provincial governments but we will remain a united Papua New Guinea if our leadership continues to equitably distribute our country’s wealth and provide better standards of service to our people.

Parties should have distinct policies, says Somare

The East Sepik Governor and the longest serving parliamentarian in the Commonwealth will retire from national politics in 9 months’ time, before issue of writs for the 2017 National Elections.            

“We remain distinct as people of one country, so too must we develop ideologies in political parties that sets each party (apart) from one another,” Sir Michael said during the National Party fundraising dinner last Friday in Port Moresby.  

O'Neill disputes former PMs’ claims

The two former prime ministers in a statement released on Monday called for O’Neill’s resignation.

They claimed that under O’Neill’s management, the country’s economy is heading towards disaster.

However, O’Neill told Loop PNG that the country’s economy is recovering well from the decline caused by global commodities’ price fall.

“Revenue is improving each month and expenses are under control,” O’Neill told Loop PNG via text message.

Former PMs repeat call for O’Neill to step down

In a statement the leaders said Papua New Guinea is at a turning point.

They said the country can choose to start afresh with new leadership, new vision and new hope for the future or continue down an uncertain, slippery road, led by a person who is increasingly behaving like a dictator, with total disregard for the law.

They have made their choice and called on fellow Papua New Guineans to join them in rescuing the country. 

“We cannot, through inaction, see our democracy and the institutions that support democracy ruined. The nation’s future is at stake.

Grand Chief Sir Michael thanks people of Morobe

He said Morobe is close to his heart  because he was educated in their province but the only issue was he didn't returned to serve.

"I attended Finschhafen High School with some of our senior statesman who are alive and passed on but I didn't return to serve as a teacher," he said.

He said but that doesn't mean Morobe was left out. He always put the province close to himself.

Sir Michael was in Lae, capital of Morobe Province for 14th Momase Governor's Conference, with Madang Governor Jim Kas.