Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Hon. SAM BASIL PASSES ON AFTER NASTY CAR ACCIDENT. The late Bulolo MP’s passing now bring to eight the number of Members of Parliament, who have died in this Parliamentary term alone. Word from Angau Hospital’s Accidents and Emergency is that a police officer is also dead with others seriously injured.
Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Hon. SAM BASIL Passes on After Nasty Car Accident.
By Rachel Shisei | 12 May 2022.
Papua New Guinea’s Deputy Prime Minister Hon. SAM BASIL PASSES ON AFTER NASTY CAR ACCIDENT.
Deputy Prime Minister and Transport and Infrastructure Minister and Bulolo MP, Sam Basil has passed on at around 11pm after a nasty car accident last night (11th May, 2022).
Preliminary police reports say the vehicle Mr Basil was in was hit by another vehicle, causing the accident that left the Deputy Prime Minister unconscious till he passed on at the Bulolo hospital.
Sources on the ground say a local medical team were already working to revive him as soon as he was brought to Bulolo.
A doctor was also travelling with the Manalos Aviation team to Medivac Mr. Basil to Lae, but the mission was unsuccessful as he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Reports reaching NBC News says that, the Member for Bulolo was on his way up to his electorate to prepare for his nomination, given that the National General Election writs will open on Thursday 12th May, 2022.
Late Mr Basil was said to be travelling in the company of two of his Close Protection Officers and a Media officer when the accident occured, hours before the issue of writs for the National General Elections.
The late Bulolo MP’s passing now bring to eight the number of Members of Parliament, who have died in this Parliamentary term alone.
Word from Angau Hospital’s Accidents and Emergency is that a police officer is also dead with others seriously injured.
The conditions of late Mr Basil’s Protection Officers and Media officer, as well as that of those in the other vehicle involved in the accident is yet to be confirmed at this stage.
By: Rachel Shisei
PAPUA NEW GUINEA SHOCKED AND SADDENED AT PASSING OF DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HON. SAM BASIL
APPROVED FOR RELEASE: MAY 12 2022
Papua New Guinea is shocked and saddened at the tragic passing of Deputy Prime Minister, Transport Minister and Bulolo MP Hon. Sam Basil after a road accident along the Bulolo Highway on Wednesday night.
We pray for God’s Hand on the country at this sad time.
It is a big loss to his family, people of Bulolo, Morobe, United Labour Party and Papua New Guinea as we try to come to terms with his passing.
He was a strong member of our present generation of leaders in Government who had our country in our heart.
What makes his untimely passing even sadder is the fact that it happened only hours before nominations open for the 2022 General Election.
This young and vibrant leader had been preparing his United Labour Party well for the elections only to have this tragic accident happen on the eve of nominations.
The ruling Pangu Pati I now lead is due to the hard work of Hon. Basil in 2014. He single-handedly resurrected the ruling Pangu Pati I now lead in 2014.
The one-man party became two in 2015 when the late Goilala MP, Hon. William Samb, joined Hon. Basil to revive this great PNG institution.
Hon. Basil led Pangu into the 2017 General Election winning six seats in Morobe and others around the country, bringing it back to life for – something for which we the present Pangu are indebted to.
We will give him a State Funeral befitting of his status as Deputy Prime Minister. We thank God for the life of Hon. Basil and his many contributions to Bulolo, Morobe and Papua New Guinea.
HON. JAMES MARAPE, MP
Sam Basil and His Work Ethic by Scott Waide.
If you knew Sam Basil, you also know he was a very hard worker. He did things himself.
He built roads, bought fuel, brought medicines and doctors to very remote places, installed solar power kits in homes, brought in patients annually to have cataracts removed free of charge and even cooked dinner and breakfast for his team members and guests when they traveled with him.
He was a politician and that job came with its own set of negativities.
I asked him once why he didn’t always use the administration for service delivery as should be the case. He said simply, the system just didn’t work.
The LLG’s don’t have the ability to account for the money nor the leadership and management capacity. In PNG, the theory of separation just simply doesn’t work as well as it is needed.
That was the reality of politics for Sam Basil.
Last night, he was driving home in preparation for today’s nomination. Was it unusual for him to travel at those hours? No. He was going home. It was his usual commute at the end of the day.
Most times, he would drive himself.
His work ethic is second to none. He worked insanely hard over the last 15 years.
Em tasol for now.
Statement released by the PNG Police Commissioner David Manning the Dead of Mr. Sam Basil | 11 May 2022.
Statement released by PNG Police Commissioner David Manning
It is confirmed that Mr. Sam Basil the Deputy Prime Minister, and parliamentary member for Bulolo has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision along the Bulolo -Lae road earlier this evening.
Local police attended to the accident site and immediately retrieved the Deputy Prime Minister and 3 other injured persons and transported them to Bulolo to seek medical attention at the Bulolo Health facility.
After hours of attempting to revive the late Deputy Prime Minister he was pronounced clinically dead at 11:30 this evening.
“ It is with great sadness that I wish to regrettably inform the Prime Minister, and the country of the death of our Deputy Prime Minister following severe injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident.
I wish to also express my condolences to the immediate family of Late Hon.Sam Basil and the people of Bulolo electorate.”
“ I also wish to express my gratitude to the many people and organisations that responded to the incident “…”
Police have commenced its investigations into the accident and have ascertained that a second vehicle was involved in the incident and the driver of this vehicle is known”
I appeal to any eye witnesses to the incident to come forward to assist investigators in their investigations “ I would like to appeal for calm during this time and allow the course of the investigations to be completed in a timely manner,” Commissioner Manning stated.