DEDICATION to public service is something the late Sir Mekere Morauta will be remembered for.
PNG will forever be grateful to this towering icon of good leadership and we say thank you to his (Sir Mekere’s) family and tribes for lending him to us.
On behalf of all citizens and residents of our country, I offer our tribute to this great man who selflessly gave his life in service to PNG.
For this we in sadness and tears offer our condolences and share with you (family) all in mourning this huge national loss.
Sir Mekere served his country with distinction from the formative years in the 1970s with national figures such as Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Charles Lepani and the late Sir Anthony Siaguru.
The “Gang of Four” plus other pioneer public servants assisted the founding fathers of the nation in laying the foundation stones for self-governance.
His imprints on our national life is huge every step of the way from 1975 up until today in the public service, in the private sector and in politics.
Rest in peace.
Your Kukipi and Uritai tribe has conferred me the same name Lauri, and I promise to do my best for them and rest of PNG too.
We will miss your physical presence but your counsel and advice will forever ring in our minds to guide us to develop PNG.
PM James Marape
Speech during Sir Mekere’s funeral