Minister for Sports and National Events Justin Tkatchenko

PNG has three GG’s at present, says minister

“We are in a very rare situation constitutionally, at this point of time where we have three Governor- Generals,” Tkatchenko said.       

“We have the acting Governor-General which is the Speaker of Parliament (Theo Zurenuoc); we have our current Governor-General (late Sir Michael Ogio) who is ‘lying in state’ and the incumbent Governor-General (Bob Dadae) who will be sworn in at Parliament next Tuesday.”

Australia’s Vice Regal to pay respect to Sir Michael

Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko said Sir Peter will arrive at 8am on Friday to be at the funeral of our governor general.   

“Shows the signs of the relationships between Papua New Guinea and Australia, by the Governor- General at a very short notice coming to Papua New Guinea to show his respect for our Governor- General,” Tkatchenko said today.

The State Funeral for late Sir Michael will be held tomorrow before his casket is taken to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville for burial at Tinputz over the weekend.