Papua New Guinea is shocked and saddened at the tragic passing of Deputy Prime Minister, Transport Minister and Bulolo MP Hon. Sam Basil after a road accident along the Bulolo Highway on Wednesday night.

We pray for God’s Hand on the country at this sad time.

VIDEO: PM Marape’s press conference on the passing of DPM Basil. Police Commissioner David Manning and United Labour Party Deputy Leader Hon. Lekwa Gure also speak.

It is a big loss to his family, people of Bulolo, Morobe, United Labour Party and Papua New Guinea as we try to come to terms with his passing.

He was a strong member of our present generation of leaders in Government who had our country in our heart

What makes his untimely passing even sadder is the fact that it happened only hours before nominations open for the 2022 General Election.

This young and vibrant leader had been preparing his United Labour Party well for the elections only to have this tragic accident happen on the eve of nominations.

The late Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Basil

The ruling Pangu Pati I now lead is due to the hard work of Hon. Basil in 2014.

He single-handedly resurrected the ruling Pangu Pati I now lead in 2014.

The one-man party became two in 2015 when the late Goilala MP, Hon. William Samb, joined Hon. Basil to revive this great PNG institution.

Hon. Basil led Pangu into the 2017 General Election winning six seats in Morobe and others around the country, bringing it back to life for – something for which we the present Pangu are indebted to.

We will give him a State Funeral befitting of his status as Deputy Prime Minister.

We thank God for the life of Hon. Basil and his many contributions to Bulolo, Morobe and Papua New Guinea.

Image credit pmjamesmarape. Banner at Jackson International Airport today