MY utmost respect for Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, the founding father of Papua New Guinea.
Isn’t it ironic that in the twilight of his political career, bloodshed is seen to be lurking on our front and back doors?
This is the nation he built without any guns fired or blood shed. He gathered 1,000 tribes together and held these fragmented societies miraculously up to and after independence.
For 40 long years he heard every cry from the four corners of PNG loud and clear. Alas he never kept the towns in East and West Sepik close to his heart and their present condition is a testimony of his national agenda.
It breaks the heart of many people too see our father humble himself by making a solo pilgrimage to Port Moresby General Hospital to pay his respects to a new generation of national heroes; those who will not budge in what they believe in.
The new breed of national heroes are ones who are ever ready to die whilst clasping the PNG colours in their blood stained hands.
The students may have lost this fight because of heavy handed tactics on the part of the national government to deploy armed police personal against unarmed students. The war, the one major battle to dethrone Peter O’Neill is still raging on.
The use of guns to curb dissent in PNG is the new trend by the current regime.
Somare’s visit signifies the changing of the guard. The old is making way for the new.
From PNG Facts
MEETING and shaking the hand of the founding father of Papua New Guinea at one stage in life is a privilege for many young Papua New Guineans, but for young UPNG student Madmax Rex at his hospital bed, it was an emotional moment when Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare paid him a visit at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Madmax is currently in a stable condition but he has to heal from the bullet wound sustained from the police shootout last Wednesday at the University of Papua New Guinea.
He is a third year student studying Earth Science and does the media works for the UPNG Students Representative Council and was filming on the day of the shootout.
The bullet which hospitalised him passed through from the back right side of his chest and exited his front right chest.
He is currently suffering lung and chest injuries from the wound but he managed a smile after shedding tears as the Grand Chief and Lady Veronica visited him.
When classes at the university resume tomorrow as decided by the university council, Madmax with another UPNG student Steven Lucas, who is still in a coma and who still has a bullet in his head, will both still be in the hospital.
Meanwhile the Grand Chief assures the students that he will take their grievances to the university council today.