Momase leaders eye top post

The National, Monday July 11th, 2016

GRAND Chief Sir Michael Somare concurred last week with Morobe Governor Kelly Naru that the next prime minister of the country should be from the Mamose region.
Naru had appealed to colleague governors Jim Kas (Madang), Sir Michael (East Sepik) and Amkat Mai (West Sepik) to discuss with their respective open members to lobby for the job of the prime minister following the 2017 elections.
“Mamose region has a total of 29 MP’s which include Sandaun’s (West Sepik) with five, East Sepik with seven, Madang with seven, and Morobe with 10. We have the numbers to ensure the next PM is from Mamose region.
“Enough of carrying the brief case of other PMs,” Naru said at Dregarhafen Secondary School in Finschhafen.
Naru and Kas accompanied Sir Michael for his last visit to Dregarhafen, the school and place that nurtured his political career for the last 49 years which include being prime minister four times.
Naru said Papua, Highlands and New Guinea Islands region have all held the PM’s position twice each and Momase has held only once through Sir Michael.
“This PM post is a shared responsibility and this country is still searching for leadership of humility, forgiveness, sharing, caring and unity which Sir Michael has possessed within the last 49 years.
“The departure of Sir Michael will leave a big gap and that shoe will be too big to fill,” he said.
Sir Michael said the solidarity of Mamose region in terms of leadership, respecting each other and people’s cultures and norms was very crucial.