Tribe mourns teacher’s death

The Narku tribe in Chimbu's Kundiawa-Gembogl district is mourning the death of a teacher who has contributed immensely to human resource development in the country.

The deceased is Julie Tokam, wife of the former police and correctional services commissioner Henry Tokam.

Julie passed on at the Angau Memorial Hospital (Lae) last week after an illness.

Her body was taken in a convoy to Wandi village, 5km west of Kundiawa, on Sunday.

Thousands of mourners from within the district and the neighbouring Jiwaka Province have arrived in Wandi since Monday to pay their last respect.

Late Julie was laid to rest yesterday while the Narku tribe will host a feast to commemorate her death later this week.

Narku's community leader Ambane and his extended family (from the Pendaku clan) said late Julie deserves "special respect as she was also a prominent figure in the community".

Late Julie is survived by husband Henry and children Tania, Lila and Denial, plus some grandchildren.

The provincial education board in Chimbu has also paid tribute to late Julie.

Mr Tokam also served as the provincial secretary (administrator) for Chimbu in the 1980s. Prior to that, he was the commissioner for police and the correctional service on different occasions.

(Late Julie Tokam's banner in Wandi village, Chimbu)

Michael Koma