The Port Moresby turnout for the farewell of Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was disappointing. The general feeling was that the event was poorly planned and executed.
The Sir Hubert Murray stadium was empty, and the rain didn’t help the day.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, was also late at his own event.
The Grand Chief will be leaving for Wewak tomorrow in what could be his last public appearance.
At the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, the father of the nation stood at the entrance for nearly an hour waiting for the Master of Ceremony, NCD Governor, Powes Parkop.
The Grand Chief standing, while Lady Veronica sat on a chair.
When Parkop arrived, the rain began to fall.
A guard of honour was given again, and the Grand Chief was asked to inspect the squadron.
The National Capital District was scheduled to farewell the Grand Chief today. But, the turn out was not fitting for the father of the nation, and the rain only made things worse.
The Sir Hubert Murray Stadium seating stands remained empty, as a historic era comes to a sombre closing.