THE fortieth anniversary of Papua New Guinea’s Independence will be celebrated this year.
The name of the late Sir Thomas Kavali, already mentioned in some reflections on independence, will be remembered.
In 1972, before independence, Thomas Kavali, who was from Maekmol in the middle Jimi Valley, was elected as the member of the House of Assembly for the Jimi constituency.
His National Party supported Michael Somare and was in coalition with Pangu and two other parties led by Julius Chan and John Guise (see image). When Somare’s party formed government, Kavali was made Minister for Works.