Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Opposition launches new website

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was given the honour to launch the website last night at the Sanctuary Hotel in Port Moresby.

During the event, Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said the 27 alternate Government MPs are solid and will never be moved by any sweet talks from the Government.

He added that they are ready to change the government in 18 months’ time.

“We may not have the numbers but the numbers we have right now will increase in the next coming months.”

Pomat’s artefacts decision applauded

Caretaker Manager of the National Museum, Alois Kuaso, and Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, welcomed the announcement.

The artefacts were removed from the House in December 2013 by the former Speaker Theo Zurenouc, who said his actions were aimed at cleansing the building of evil spirits.

However, after the National Court ruled in favour of the National Museum, Speaker Job Pomat announced that his office was working with the latter to have the artefacts back on display in Parliament.

Sir Michael assures Judiciary on construction

Sir Michael who has had 54 years in politics officiated in one of his last events today at the ground breaking ceremony of the new Sub Regional Court Complex in Wewak.

And unlike the last time when a ground breaking took place without work actually proceeding for a Wewak court house, Sir Michael assured the judiciary of its completion.

“It’s going to happen here, yes. I hope that when you and I combine to do the ground breaking ceremony, we will not miss it unlike last time. I’ve taken your word your honor, it’s going to happen here,” Sir Michael said.

Wewak to have new court complex

A ground breaking ceremony will take place in Wewak this morning to commence construction works of this new Sub Regional Complex which will house both the National and Supreme Courts as well as District courts.

Heads of the Law and Justice sector including Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and Chief Magistrate Nerrie Eliakim are in Wewak for the event today.

Grand Chief Sir Micheal Somare will also be at the event.

Wewak MP and Correctional Servies Minister Jim Simatab and Town Mayor Charles Malenki will also be witnessing the ground breaking ceremony.

Serve PNG with compassion: Somare

Speaking during his Royal PNG Constabulary farewell yesterday, he said like members of parliament, the work of the disciplinary forces has to be undertaken in respect to the rule of law.

Following the rule of law will determine if we can advance as a nation or collapse into mayhem and lawlessness.

“We have to uphold the law as prescribed by our constitution and must be given the same respect like all others.”

Somare urged all police men and women in the country to take pride in their work; with real conviction and real service to the community.

​‘We can transform the country’

An overwhelmed and emotional Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare stated this during his farewell yesterday at the Bomana Police College.

Thanking God for the gift of life, Somare said he has watched this nation grow from an idea to what is before us today, with the power to decide on our own destiny.

“We are going through the notion of nationhood so we must be patient,” said the Grand Chief.

“We must remember that despite going on to 42 years of independence this year, it is still quite young.”

​RPNGC farewells Somare

This was said by the Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, during Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare’s Royal PNG Constabulary ceremonial farewell parade yesterday.

The Grand Chief’s arrival at Bomana Police College was accompanied with a police motorcade and welcomed by the Commissioner on the parade ground.

Baki, in his welcome speech, gave a brief recap of the life and accomplishments of the Grand Chief in his family life and politics.

He said Sir Michael was one of the very few vocal voices calling out for a united Papua New Guinea.

RPNGC to host ceremonial parade for Somare

The RPNGC farewell program was planned earlier on during Sir Michael’s departure in parliament, but has been adjourned due to the busy schedule of the Grand Chief.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Baki confirms that the program will commence at 2pm.

The ceremonial farewell parade will be a thank you farewell for the Grand Chief’s service.

Members of the public are invited to join to farewell the Grand Chief as well.

Sir Julius of Sir Michael: We have kept the faith

Sir Julius when recalling the memories they share together on Tuesday when farewelling Sir Michael said sometimes they crossed swords themselves. 

“But we have always – together – held the good of our country, the good of Papua New Guinea, as our highest calling.  Of that there is no doubt.  We have fought the good fight.  We have kept the faith.

“But it has not been easy.  The obstacles we faced, the hurdles we had to clear.  Even when we had created the Independent State of Papua New Guinea our battles had just begun.

‘Parliament is not the place to enrich yourself’

This was the remark from the country’s first Prime Minister and retired East Sepik Governor, Sir Michael Somare, to intending candidates.

“My counsel to those 4000-plus who are intending candidates, I hope you are sincere to the cause,” he said.

“If you want to change the lives of our people through elective leadership then stay out of business.

“Parliament is not the place to enrich yourself.”

Sir Michael challenged all Papua New Guineans to take ownership of the election and not disrupt the election process.