ON THE AGENDA of the next Eastern Highlands Provincial Assembly Gois formalisation of the announcement by Governor Julie Soso-Akeke to change the provincial emblem and icon, the Nokondi, to the Lahani (bird of paradise).
I am not in favour of this change as the evils of society in the Province have nothing to do with this spiritual being. And this happens to be the one of the main justifications for the proposed change.
It’s people who do these immoral things and it is wrong to blame an innocent spiritual being.
However I do not make decisions on the floor of the Assembly, so I am leaving it to our good elected leaders to debate the change. I hope common sense and logic will prevail and take precedence over emotions and impulse.
I am using the internet to ask people who have direct connections to the eight provincial members of parliament and the 25 local level government presidents to give your views to them so they can deliberate on this matter before a decision is made.
Nokondi em identity blong you na mi ya olsem na mi toktok. Lahani is tu ya, tasol em kamap pinis ID blong country so EHP is also already covered.
Nokondi is our identity, as I have said. The Bird of Paradise is also, but it already appears as our country’s identifier, so the Eastern Highlands is already covered.
Over to you, learned Eastern Highlanders. It’s now or never!