12 PNG MPs and Statesmen Passed On in the Last 3 Years

An unusually high number of PNG MPs, Statesmen and Public Figures passed on from 2019 to 2021. But, note that many have passed on due to old age and illnesses. 

Six serving Members of Parliament (MPs), 6 Statesmen and Sirs, and 5 former MPs passed on. It was an end-of-an-era for nearly 20 PNG public figures in the last 3 years.

Here are their memories

6 Serving PNG MPs Passed On

1. Sam Akotai (serving MP, December 2021)

2. Johnny Ananias Alonk (Serving MP, November 2021)

3. Roy Biyama (Serving MP, September 2021)

4. Richard Mendani (Serving MP, March 2021)

5. Sir Mekere Morauta (Serving MP, December 2020)

6. Thomas Pelika (Serving MP, October 2019)


6 Senior Statesmen Passed On

1. Sir Paulus Matane (Senior Statesman, December 2021)

2. Sir Dannis William Dux (Businessman, December 2021)

3. Justice Danajo Koeget (Senior Judge, December 2021)

4. Sir Peter Lus (Former MP and Senior Stateman, October 2021)

5. Sir Silas Atopare (Former PNG Governor-General, September 2021)

6. Sir Michael Somare (Retired, Founding Father of Papua New Guinea, February 2021)


Businessmen and Former MPs Who Passed On 2019 - 2021

1. Amkat Mai (Former MP, November 2021)

2. Mafuk Gainda (Former MP and Deputy Governor, March 2021)

3. Mal Kela Smith (Businessman and former MP, April 2021)

4. Steven Koimanrea (Former MP, November 2019)

5. Vincent Auali (Former MP, June 2019)


If you know of any Statesmen or women, MPs or local heroes who are NOT mentioned and you thought should be recorded in this segment, please comment below. 

A record of PNG's history 

Lest we forget, this is a collection of names that will surely go down in the history of Papua New Guinea. 

PNG Insight hopes that the mainline news media can do something similar but go into detail and really nail this part of PNG's HISTORY that is gone so that the future generation know who they are and how they live and die.

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