Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Former MP gives emotional tribute

Many warmly reminisced about the determined and patriotic Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare who never faltered in his vision of a free Papua New Guinea.

Among them was former Lae MP and Treasury and Finance Minister, Bart Philemon, who was unable to restrain himself when Lae media visited him at his Butibam home yesterday (Feb 26).

“My heart is sad,” he said, shakily wiping away tears.

“I feared for being interviewed for such a person because I would get very emotional.”

After regaining a bit of composure, Philemon shared his memory of the ‘60s.

Two weeks of mourning

Today started off very slow throughout the country as Papua New Guineans came to terms with the passing of a great man who led a divided Papua New Guinea into a united and independent one.

Prime Minister James Marape announced this afternoon that the country will grieve for the next two weeks.

The Prime Minister said the cabinet has approved for Monday 1st of March and Friday 12th of March to be a nationwide public holiday to honour and pay respect to the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.