KIETA – Sam Akoitai was a man true to his convictions as a national leader representing the interests of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville as a national parliamentarian.
He was a national, regional and community leader of unwavering courage and a peacemaker serving all parties, political persuasions and interests.
His negotiation skills and experience as the member for Central Bougainville and the Autonomous Region served Bougainville well on all occasions.
Akoitai was a leader who did not mince his words on the politics, desires and interests of his people during his term as a national parliamentarian.
He was respected as PNG’s Mining Minister under different leaders and different governments.
He was my Kokomo clan relative and friend whose down to earth views, advice and counsel on traditional and local matters I always acknowledged, valued, welcomed and accepted.
This is not a goodbye. To you may I say: death is not more than a small window closing, waiting for a big door to open to a whole new majestic moment in an eternal life.
May you rest in Eternal Life.