GOVERNOR Julie Soso and the Eastern Highlands provincial government have passed a motion to replace the traditional Nokondi icon with PNG’s national symbol, the Kumul (bird of paradise) – in this case called the Lahani after the provincial rugby league team.
The PNG government had also launched its own warfare against traditional icons in the national parliament labelling some carvings as ‘evil’ in a cleansing exercise instigated by the Speaker late last year.
Interestingly the O’Neill government’s situation since the cleansing exercises has not fared well. Many amongst the general public and learned citizens claim the government’s performance has been the worst in PNG history.
Whoever pushed this agenda on Governor Soso is surely not from the Eastern Highlands. It’s some immigrant blaming Nokondi for lack of progress, lack of confidence, underperformance by provincial public servants and even the missing millions from provincial coffers.