Agiru’s burial delayed

Customary obligations and other cultural rituals have delayed the burial of the late Hela Governor Anderson Pawa Agiru.

The body was handed over to the immediate families on Monday by the provincial government.

Enga governor Peter Ipatas while paying his last respect to the late governor was given the honor to hand over the body.

However, late Agiru’s media advisor Frank Kolma told Loop PNG from Tari that relatives from both parents of the late governor are still in discussion as to where the body should be buried.

Kolma said they will  most likely bury him at Tapanda (mother’s village) in Dauli sometimes this week.

Tapanda is where late Agiru grew up and where he asked for his house to be built four weeks before his death.

The body has been brought back to the Tari Hospital morgue after the viewing by the immediate families yesterday.  

Meanwhile, Finance Minister and Tari Pori MP James Marape dressed in the traditional Huli mourning gear on Tuesday welcomed the late Governor to his Dauli village.

He was accompanied by former PNG Power chairman Maya Larry Andagali and others.


Picture by Philip Undialu


Freddy Mou