Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, has expressed sadness at the passing of one of Papua New Guinea’s founding fathers, the late Sir Pita Lus.
Sir Pita passed away in his home in Maprik, East Sepik province last week after a short illness.
Grand Chief Sir Bob described Sir Pita as a dynamic leader whose leadership style, leaders of today can aspire to and emulate.
“It is with great sadness that we have lost another founding father of our country in Sir Pita Lus.
“Throughout his 38 years in politics, Sir Pita demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of his people of Maprik.
“ He spoke without fear and favor and was not afraid to speak his mind on issues affecting our country. We are indeed grateful for his fearlessness in the face of uncertainty in the years leading up to independence and his faith in unity for our diverse people which eventuated in the birth of our nation 46 years ago.
“He demonstrated a strong and dynamic leadership one that leaders of today can look to and emulate. May we continue to remember and celebrate the legacy of our founding fathers and the unique role they each demonstrated on behalf of our nation.
“ Lady Emeline joins me in conveying our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Lady Lus, children and the people of Maprik. May divine grace and peace comfort you all through this difficult time,” Grand Chief Sir Bob said.