PNG farewells former PM Sir Mekere Morauta

Papua New Guinea has held a state funeral for the previous Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

PNG Prime Minister James Marape and his spouse Rachael Marape pay their respects on the last resting place of former PNG Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta whose son Dr James Morauta stands to the left and his spouse Woman Roslyn Morata is on the far proper. 8 January, 2020.
Picture: PNG PM Media

The service for Sir Mekere, who died final month aged 74, was held on the Reverend Sione Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby, adopted by a state burial at Independence Hill subsequent to PNG’s nationwide parliament.

Giant crowds converged on Waigani to observe proceedings, because the nation farewelled a extremely revered reformist who held a number of high public service roles earlier than being prime minister between 1999 and 2002.

One other former prime minister of PNG, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, who was a detailed buddy of Sir Mekere’s, delivered the eulogy on the service, describing Sir Mekere as an important reformist who devoted his life to PNG.

Sir Mekere, who was nonetheless the MP for Moresby Northwest when he died, was hailed by incumbent prime minister, James Marape, as a “towering icon of excellent management”.

“He made historical past by simply transitioning from public service management to political management the place he reformed and strengthened key establishments of state similtaneously combating graft and corruption,” Marape mentioned.

“We are going to miss your bodily presence however your counsels and advices will without end ring in our minds to information us to make our personal contributions to develop PNG.”

Sir Michael Somare at the coffin of fellow former PNG Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

Sir Michael Somare on the coffin of fellow former PNG Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.
Picture: The Media Staff for the Member for Moresby South and Minister for Housing & City Growth

Earlier within the week, Sir Mekere’s physique laid in state on the nationwide parliament the place MPs, former prime ministers and members of the diplomatic corps got here to pay their respects.

Sir Mekere Morauta is survived by his spouse, Woman Roslyn and their son James.

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