My utmost respect for GC Sir Michael Thomas Somare, the founding Father of PNG. 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 shot or blood shed. He gathered a 1,000 tribes together and held all these fragmented societies miraculously up to and after Independence.
For 40 long years he heard every cry from the 4 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 the 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 that are ever ready to die whilst clasping the PNG colours in their blood stains 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 PMPO is still raging on.
The use of guns to curb dissent in PNG is the new trend by the current PNC led regime.
Somare’s visit signifies the changing of guards. The old is making way for the new.