Polye says he was shocked to learn of his passing last Friday.
“As a fellow Huli-Opene, I broke into tears when the news of his death reached me. He is full of humour,” says the Opposition Leader.
“We used to make fun together when he attended my media conferences.”
Polye says it was rare for someone from Hela Province to become a journalist.
Alphonse had inspired many readers with his style of reporting, without fear or favour, on many issues affecting the country.