Somare is not Dead

By Emmanuel Narokobi

I received an email nice and early this morning inquiring about a rumor that Prime Minister Somare had passed away in Singapore. So I gave Betha Somare a call and she has confirmed that Sir Michael Somare is NOT Dead.

So if you hear these rumours today etc etc our Grand Chief has NOT passed away. Sounds to me like someone or some group is up to some dirty tricks.

28 thoughts on “Somare is not Dead

  1. Pick up the cues the almighty GC.

    There is a large section of Papua New Guineans who’d rather say goodbye to him now, hence the ubelievable spin of the rumour wheels.

    Got three phone calls and a myriad of text messages between 3 and 3.30 am all announcing the ‘good news’. That has been the saddest part for me.

  2. No not at all and I’m not advocating that.

    But it just underscores the frustration that people in the community are feeling about how some things are currently being handled.

  3. Viral campaign?…what next? facebook? i don’t think it was meant to be a viral campaign…but it has sparked a chain of events in which i don’t think will be die out soon…I’d like to see what happens next…

  4. So lookz like the celebrations come to an end on the streets of Moresby….
    Somare is Not Dead

    This should be wake for him about how his people feel about him, something has to change, otherwise the next he might not be so lucky….

    And he will be remebered for all the wrong reasons

  5. Trupla

    wanbel with Malum and mes.

    it’s a pity that it has to happen that way. Hope the current and aspiring MPs and Leaders (every level of our society) take that as a good building block.

    ‘we don’t seem to weed out noxious weeds in the garden olsem na they run rampant in the garden and kill the good crops that we initially planted”


  6. Hi everyone in this chat,

    I understand what people would react if the news was true. But the truth is that we don’t have any right to wish a death for someone. Are we God! God is only the creater to decide someone’s death. I understahd have the similar though as Malum.

    However, I am so sad that people limited understanding in what the Chief has done for this great nation while going through different developmental changes and so forth…….I doubt the leadership of the next Prime Minister after Somare….


    1. good one mdk!

      so we can have the big shots go elsewhere and seek first class medical treatment and play golf while you and i can wait for God to come down and deliver good haus sik and clinics for us.

      ol papa, mama, barata, susa na pikinini dai long ol haus sik blong yumi stap na praim minista blong yumi go painim marasin long narapla kantri..trait of a god send leader indeed!

      to be fair on the pm, this statement applies to everyone who was in a position to make things happen for us over the years but didn’t. na ino long em tasol.

  7. maybe mdk can sit down with the people who really suffer and tell them all the great things the Chief has done – do you think they will care? do you think it makes a difference about the next leader? they are worried about putting food on the table – not a leader on the table

    to the people that are most affected, it’s about now, it’s about survival and telling them all the great things the chief has done ain’t gonna fill their tummy? because if u do tell them all the great things the chief has done – why are a majority of the people starving, unemployment level is staggering?

    Yes, the chief has to get credit for his contribution but right now the grassroots are suffering.

  8. The leader of a country is going to get the most criticism despite their achievements. However, changes at the grassroots level are almost always the result of local leaders. If locals are suffering in some way, it is the direct result of failure at the local level of leadership.

    The Grand Chief is responsible for large nation wide decisions and the overall direction of a country, not unlike the CEO of a company. However, it is difficult for any CEO to tell if the production line worker suffers at his job. It is the failure of the line manager to identify a problem and properly deal with the plight of the line worker.

    This is why it is so important to go and vote in elections especially at the local level. These are the people who truly represent your community and who will be able to communicate issues upward to the decision makers.

    Sir Somare used to be a grassroots leader. He helped create a nation from it. You think he doesn’t know what people need at the local level? Right now he has many initiatives in place for local improvements. Unfortunately many of these plans cannot be passed without parliamentary consent. Guess where most of these local programs sit? Yes, at the parliament table where regional leaders bicker over who gets what.

    No doubt there is a lot of suffering going on in PNG. However it does not take permission from the Grand Chief to create business and build farms. This is done at the community level by community leaders. Last I heard, it certainly wasn’t the Somare family that controlled all that vast open fertile land I saw in PNG. For proof, why not ask around in Wabag why they haven’t started building the community college there. Landowners there could care less about community development.

    1. I still raises the question that our country still isn’t good enough for treatment…no trust in us or what?…PNG people deserve the best! Why can’t we have it…better medical services, better education systems, better emergency systems and police protection…we have it all here PM…why not improve it so you can get ur medication here in PNG…

  9. Just to add to my previous comment so as to not appear too biased 😛

    I do agree that Sir Somare can do more. He needs to be hard and put more pressure on local leaders. They are basically running amok doing willy nilly with government money. However, people need to stop looking at the Grand Chief so much and instead ask their local governor, mayor, town leader what they have done lately to help the community.

  10. joseph,

    it seems you’ve missed something in your analysis and analogy. sure it is the line managers that implement CEO and board directions. but the overall responsibility for implementation rests with the CEO. he causes things to be implemented the way they have been envisioned.

    it’s not enough to say ‘this is the plan and you make it work’. if local leaders and implementors don’t make it work, then make them make it work! isn’t that supposed to be how POWER should be used?

    please don’t talk about agriculture and tending the land. mate i come from a village where my people have been promised the army’s carribou plane to airlift coffee bags out of our area. WE ARE STILL WAITING and high quality organic cherries are rotting away while the CEO passes the buck to the line managers to get the carribou to land at our humble strip.

    somare is only concerned about his cut of share in million dollar businesses and does not give a damn about what the hell happens to coffee, cocoa and copra farmers in the bushes.

  11. dmk i respect your opinion and point of view because you can give me insight to a side I may not see.

    Ok for your example of the local bush farmers trying to get their products to market. Obviously a promise was made that looks like isn’t going to happen. Even still, a borrowed plane is only a temporary solution to the problem. I don’t know where the village is located but I do know there are many hardships trying to get local infrastructure like roads into remote areas. Yet waiting for Somare to tend to the needs of each and every village in the bush is not possible.

    I know I start to sound like a broken record, but as much as the top leadership is responsible for change, so are the people. If it looks like the changes aren’t getting done fast enough from the top, take action yourselves. Stop waiting for that plane to come in. Organize a farmers union. Put pressure on local leaders and voice your concerns. Have a motivated individual like yourself with internet access try to contact other businesses and companies who might be interested in your products and can come get them.

  12. joseph,

    thanks for the insights. it’s obviously easier said than done!

    unless you come and see things from my angle, you will never understand how hard it is for individuals and business to do things on their own without government support.

    the fact is PNG is very much a country of impassable rugged terrain. hence, government support is crucial to realising the agricultural potentails of our people. businesses are just that and will soon run for cover once they realise how hard it is to ‘actually do businesses’ in such tough places.

    somare and his government have allocated 10 million kina to try and build and maintain road infrastructure in my area. infact, every other district received the same allocation. trouble is my local mp sits on the other side of the house so he can’t get everything he was promised.

    there’s another issue. even before climate change, my area has traditionally been wet for most of the year. a one off 10 million allocation will not build and sustain a road network under such conditions.

    the government must be proactively involved, right from the CEO himself down, if we are to realise our vast agriculture potential which is locked up in rural areas.

    if they don’t, then they sadly don’t know their own country!

  13. “the government must be proactively involved, right from the CEO himself down, if we are to realise our vast agriculture potential which is locked up in rural areas.”

    Very true statement! PNG government has a full plate of issues to be proactive about. To be fair, PNG as a country is doing something not many other countries have done. It is leapfrogging into the modern age within a span of a few decades. Other countries took hundreds of years to reach where they are now. A lot of growing pains that the government has to learn to deal with in a short amount of time.

  14. I don’t care if the PM dies. I just want him OUT OF OFFICE.

    Whatever “The Grand Chief” has given us in the past, HE HAS TAKEN MORE AWAY from us.

    And Joseph – the system of public service in a democracy is a direct reflection of the leadership – you don’t need a lot of resources to have a decent public service. We are spoilt with riches and yet our public servants are swamped, underpaid, work without basic tools and amenities and most of all suffer from poor leadership – all the way to the top. Its absolutely CRITICAL that Somare show leadership and set the example. But if he takes his kickbacks, why can’t every other Tom Dick and Harry.

    Like I said, I don’t want him dead but I want him GONE from office and with the little autocracy he is building I don’t know how that will happen otherwise in the near future.

  15. Joseph, I like your point – that instead of us sitting on our bums complaining about Sir Michael and expecting him to do all the CHANGE in our villages, towns, cities, rural communities etc. we have to be proactive and be agents of change ourselves.

    We all too often in our myopic approach think that POLITICS is the answer to all our miseries instead of being industrious, ingenious and self-reliant. I think we need an attitude change to start changing our country by first respecting fellow citizens, cutting the grass and picking rubbish outside your street instead of expecting NCDC or government authorities to do that, mobilising community support to fill up pot holes instead of waiting for govt to approve K10m for your local MP, talking to citizens about how their betelnut spittle tarnishes the image of our shops, streets and town etc etc..

    1. solo,

      we are doing our bit. but where is government support? doesn’t the fact coffee cheries are rotting away in my village tell you something about what my people have always done with or without the government? with or without the K10 million?

      i don’t buy what you are saying because it simply doesn’t reflect the sacrifices that the wider community is making to try and improve their own livelihoods. it doesn’t show an appreciation of the challenges they are facing every day to try and make things work for themselves.

      the government has passed the national budget totalling billions of kina in recent years. but with NOTHING to show for. isn’t this reason enough to rise up and demand real tangible outcomes from that paper wealth?

  16. …to capture my point, as in the famous words of the American President J. F. Kennedy – “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

  17. well that’s a nice saying…theoritically u guys are correct but as dmk said the reality tells a different story.

    there’s no problem with the statement about doing something for your country but the govt is obliged to help its people do something for their country. and providing basic needs like education and health services is a stepping stone for each individual to do something for his/her country.

    buying a jet- that’s not helping. avoiding quality debate and motions of no-confidence is undemocratic and certainly not helping its people have their say on the floor of parliament, thrashing away reports and enquiries on corrupt deals without following through on those reports, that’s not helping the country, flying a fugitive wanted for child sex charges – that’s not helping the country….

    the country has already given us the resources, it is infront of us but the problem is the people within the system who are mandated to manage and effectively run the system that is not building on the rich and resourceful foundation we have to realise the maximum benefit.

    put it this way, the govt is not helping the grassroots or moreso an impediment to the people who want to do the best for their family and their country.

    so whose in charge of managing the system? certainly not the grassroots!

  18. THere are alot of good discussions coming up on this. But I am convicted by the idea that we the people are reaping what we have actually been sowing. We take for granted in all things that we do and say. We forget about committments that we make. We are easily fooled by leaders. Many of our people do not study the background of people before they vote them for power. We are mesmerised by their sweetalks and their money. We swim in too much imagination and unrealistic dreams. We worship our leaders too much and do dont mind about their policies and way they deliver service. We cannot blame the leaders only. We are all definitely sharing the blame of all the filts that have been accumulating in this beautiful nation. So let us not sign a death warrant for anyone who is just one of us who is not perfect as public figures are always the most criticised one. THose of us to enjoy the comfort of privacy, dont try politics in 2012 because you will receive your share!

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