Sir Michael Somare

Tolai Tumbuan Society Remembers Sir Michael

To coincide with the country’s 46th Independence Anniversary today the people of Matupit in Rabaul district organized a special Tolai traditional Tumbuan and kutu tabu rituals to honor and remember Sir Michael’s original birthplace at Rapindik near Matupit.

Sir Michael lie in state

At around 10 am the coffin arrived at the Parliament house, where the casket draped with the PNG Flag was carried and escorted by pallbearers who are members of the disciplinary forces, from the entrance of the Parliament House, and into the Parliament Grand Hall. 

The body will lay in state as the Parliament conduct a special parliamentary sitting in honor of the Grand Chief. 

The coffin was received by Parliament Speaker Job Pomat. 

Governor General, Sir Bob Dadae and Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika are part of today’s proceedings. 

Somare’s go into lockdown

In a statement issued by Betha Somare this afternoon the Somare family home went onto lockdown as of Yesterday (March 5th). 

She said while they have been following COVID protocols the family thought it was prudent to be cautious in light of the increasing number of COVID cases in NCD, and arranged for COVID tests to be carried out last week on all family members and relatives that came to assist and grieve the passing of Sir Michael.

WHO intensifies collaboration

In February 2021, cases rose steeply, with 449 cases reported in the month of February alone, bringing the total to 1,365 with 14 deaths.

The World Health Organization has intensified collaboration with the Government as mass gatherings to commemorate the country’s founding prime minister threaten to accelerate already rising cases of COVID-19.

Thank you and Farewell GC Sir Michael Somare

Nasfund Board Chairman, Charles Vee, said this in a statement in honour of the Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

“The Board, Management, Staff and Members of National Superannuation Fund Limited, (Nasfund), join Papua New Guinea in offering our condolences to Lady Veronica, children – Bertha, Sana, Arthur, Michael Jnr and Dulciana, Grandchildren and Great Grandchild, on the passing of our Nation’s Founding Father, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare,” said Chairman Vee.

Grand Chief’s final resting place

In a press conference today, Marape said the decision was not easy to make but after a lot of diligent considerations of all factors between the family, the NEC and the Funeral Working Committee, a final resolution was made. 

Prime Minister Marape told the media that it was the wishes of the people of this country and also according to a political decision, for all Prime Ministers of the country to be buried on Independence Hill.  

However it will not be so for the Father of the Nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare.

In Memory of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

We repost this profile, as a mark of respect for his passing today. May he Rest in Peace.

 

“When I was telling Papua New Guineans about independence, there were a lot of reluctance; a lot of  people did not want to say anything. They were frightened that the country will go bad.

But believe me, I stick by what I said. You’ll have independence, you’ll have celebrations, you’ll have hamamas in the country. And now people are very proud of the fact that 45 years is coming up on the 16th of September.

Sir Michael passes at 84

The late Sir Michael succumbed to his illness in the early hours of this morning, at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

His daughter Betha Somare released a statement on social media this morning, saying he was hospitalised after being diagnosed with a late stage pancreatic cancer.

The late Sir Michael leaves behind his wife lady Veronica, his five children, grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

B’ville urged to be guided by inner wisdom

Sir Michael Somare in a statement said as Bougainvilleans make their voices heard in the Referendum, it is his hope that PNG remains “united and free” in the aftermath of this historic poll.

He said the referendum is a powerful vote and he urged Bougainvilleans throughout PNG and abroad to be aware that 21 other provinces remain silent but watchful as they vote for either greater autonomy or Independence.

The Bougainville conflict was the result of issues that were never satisfactorily addressed in relation to the Bougainville Copper mine.

Sir Michael saddened by Manus issue

The Grand Chief said it is with sadness that he watched two countries play football with the lives of refugees on Manus Island.

The founding father of the nation has come out in statement to say that acts of violence have been perpetrated with impunity and worse still, lives have been lost.

Grand Chief Somare said he had raised this issue of inhumane treatment while in parliament and was accused of being party to the Australia/PNG plan to set up the Manus Regional Processing Centre.