Judge driven to serve his people

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JUDGE George Manuhu has attributed his success to his passion to serve people.
Manuhu was among 45 people honoured during the 2017 Order of PNG Independence Anniversary Investiture at Government House yesterday.
“I can attribute my success to my passion to serve the people not because I deserved the positions I held,” he told The National.
Manuhu received the Companion of the Order of Star of Melanesia (CSM).
The award was for his service to law and justice and the community in the role of a judge in the National and the Supreme Courts.
Manuhu has been a judge for more than 12 years.
He said his education began in 1972 when he did his six years of primary school in Vorei Primary School and four years at Manus High and graduated in 1981 with a Grade 10 certificate.
He took up a degree of law at the University of PNG from 1983 to 1987 after completing one year matriculation studies at the university.
Manuhu began his career with the Supreme and National Court as a judge associate in 1988.
He became the legal officer in 1988 and worked in the crime section of the Public Solicitors Office until 1992.
He then was appointed as a district court magistrate based in Port Moresby in 1992 and 1993.
Manuhu was promoted to a senior position and he served as senior provincial magistrate in Northern, Chimbu and Gulf from 1994 to 1996.
He was deputy chief magistrate for one year and served as the senior magistrate for West New Britain in 1998.
He was the chief magistrate from 1999 to 2003 and acting judge of the National Court from 2003 to 2005.
Justice Manuhu said the award was personal but in reality, it belonged to everyone he represented.
“I represent my family, my clan, my tribe, my local-level government and my province. The award is theirs. They were the reason, the motivation for me to serve and serve well with commitment.”