SLIGHT CHANGES TO THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT
The National Organizing Committee has made several changes to the final funeral arrangements and program for the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.
The mourning period began yesterday evening at 6 pm by the Motu Koita people, while the Central and Gulf people will visit the national ‘haus-krai’ at the Sir John Guise Stadium today, (Tuesday 2nd March 2021).
The people of Northern, Milne-Bay, and Western will visit the haus-krai on Wednesday the 03rd of March 2021.
The people of East and West New Britain and New Ireland province and their leaders will visit the haus-krai on Thursday the 4th of March, while Manus, Autonomous Region of Bougainville and Enga will visit the haus-krai on Friday the 5th of March.
The people of Simbu and the Eastern Highlands and their leaders will visit the haus=krai on Saturday 06th March, while Jiwaka and Western Highlands will have their turn on Sunday 07th March.
The people of Hela and Southern Highlands will visit the haus-krai on Monday 08th March, while Madang and Morobe will have their turn on Tuesday 09th March.
The people of East and West Sepik Provinces will visit the haus-krai on Wednesday 10th March, before the body is brought to lie in state at the National Parliament on Thursday the 11th of March 2021.
A special Parliamentary Sitting is also scheduled to convene on this day, while a State Funeral Service will be held on Friday 12th of March 2021 at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.
The family will take the body home on Saturday 13th of March 2021, before it is flown to Wewak on Sunday 14th March 2021.
East Sepik Provincial Government and Administration have put forward a tentative program which will be discussed further by themselves and the Somare family, and the announcement will be made when an agreement is reached.
NBC News- Gregory Moses
National Haus Krai for Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare in Port Moresby at Sir John Guise Indoor Complex.
National Haus Krai of Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare | Arthur Somare speaking at GRAND CHIEF SIR MICHAEL THOMAS SOMARE NATIONAL HAUS KRAI in Port Moresby.
The 1st Night of the ‘Haus Krai’ (Mourning House) in Port Moresby, Co-hosted by Prime Minister James Marape and Governor Powes Parkop and the Motu Koitabu people.
The Haus Krai will be going on for number of nights and will be led by different hosts within the two week period of national mourning over the Grand Chief and the Founding Father of the Independent States of Papua New Guinea. More tributes to Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare.
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