Opposition leader passes on condolences to late Alonk’s family

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OPPOSITION Leader Belden Namah has passed on the Opposition’s condolences to the family and people of Middle Ramu MP Johnny Alonk on his sudden death on Monday.
He also expressed his sympathies to the United Resource Party (URP) for their loss.
“The Opposition stands with his family, his supporters and his people in Madang during this time of grief,” hesaid.
Namah, who is Vanimo-Green MP, said news of Alonk’s death had come as a shock to many as he had been in Parliament last week.
URP leader and Hagen MP William Duma, who expressed similar sentiments over the loss of a fellow party member, said Alonk was a peace-maker within URP.
He said Alonk was a determined leader who believed in the leadership of Prime Minister James Marape. Duma, who is State Enterprises Minister, said a lot of MPs desired ministerial portfolios but Alonk was one of those few who had refused ministerial portfolios so he could concentrate on his people and electorate.
He said Alonk had a vision for his electorate and was passionate about bringing back basic government services to his people.
Duma said Alonk was not someone who gave up easily.
He contested the Middle Ramu seat in the 2007 and 2012 general elections and lost before finally winning in 2017.
“The people of Middle Ramu have a difficult task ahead in finding a new leader as humble and determined as the Late Alonk.”