Thomas Potabe

New Deputy Governor for Hela

Panguma took over from Thomas Potabe.

Announcing the appointment on Tuesday in Hela during the Provincial Executive Council meeting, Governor Philip Undialu said the appointment of Panguma was in the interest of the Hela people.

He said the PEC is confident that Panguma will assist the leaders and deliver to the people of Hela.

Incumbent Deputy Governor, Thomas Potabe, who was also present at first Hela Assembly meeting for 2019, accepted the decision and congratulated the new Deputy.

Potabe takes charge of Hela

Deputy Governor, Thomas Potabe now takes charge of the province and will call a provincial executive council meeting this Thursday before an assembly is conducted next week Tuesday to appoint a new governor.

Potape is optimistic to return as the duly elected governor of the province after the court also gave clear directions on who the legitimate members of the provincial assembly are.