Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc

Sir Manasupe was a simple and humble public servant

Leaders expressed this during the funeral service at the St Paul's Lutheran Church on Saturday.

Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill have both described him as a workaholic public servant who devoted his life for the good governance of Provincial Government systems in the country.

"He was a good public servant who sacrifices and devoted all his life to the work of public service. He had the heart for his Morobe Province as well," the Governor General said.

Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc's funeral draws dignitaries

Those attended include Governor General Bob Dadae, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Finance Minister James Marape,  Governors Francis Potape (Hela) and William Powi (SHP), Opposition strongman and Kevieng MP Ben Micha, Chief Secretary Amb Isaac Lupari and others.

Local MPs include National Speaker and Finschhafen MP Theodore Zurenuoc, Fisheries Minister and Tewai/Siassi MP Mao Zeming, Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru and Nawaeb  MP Siniwin Singawat.

Sir Manasupe laid to rest

Army chaplain Major Karibo conducted a full military burial with Engineering Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Tawapery handed over the folded PNG flag to widow Lady Josephine Manasupe.

This was followed by a 36 gun salute before the dignitaries including the Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill giving their final respect,  followed by Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru and other distinguished guests including local businessmen.

The cemetery was plainly simple straight forward according to the late top public servant's wish.

Polye mourns Zurenuoc's death

Polye said the loss of one of Morobe’s elite sons is a loss for Papua New Guinea.

He acknowledged the former Chief Secretary’s contribution to the development of this nation, further describing him as “honest, hard-working” and someone who maintained transparency and accountability during his colorful career as a top public servant.

“Late Sir Manasupe was a very professional Chief Secretary who guided all department heads to serve the interest of the country,” said Polye.

PM offers deepest condolence at passing of Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc

“It is with great sadness that the nation has learned of the passing of the Late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, one of our great servants of the people,” the Prime Minister said

“To Lady Zurenuoc, his extended family, and the people of Finschhafen, I offer the deepest condolences of our Government and a grateful Nation.

“For three decades, Sir Manasupe served the people of Papua New Guinea, and earlier, the people of Morobe at the provincial level.

“It was my esteemed honour, to have worked with Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc as the Chief Secretary to our Government for four years.

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Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc passes away in Lae

​It is confirmed that former Chief Secretary of Government, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, has passed away this morning in Lae, Morobe Province.


Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc passes away in Lae

Chris Hawkins from the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed his passing.

An official statement will be released from the PM’s Department shortly.

Sir Manasupe has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for some time.

He retired from his position as the chief secretary in February 2016. He had been serving the public service for more than 30 years.

The death of Sir Manasupe is indeed a great loss to the people of this country and comes only days following the death of FM 100 radio talkback icon, Roger Hau’ofa, on Saturday night.