Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare had a surprise birthday party thrown for him by the
Immediately after the 13th UNRE graduation at which Sir Michael was the keynote speaker, and the unveiling of the library extension and administration building opening – named after the Prime Minister – the UNRE surprised Sir Michael with two cakes (one for his birthday and one for his 42nd year in politics), as well as plenty food and drinks.
It was a special occasion for Sir Michael in that he was born on April 9, 1936, in Rabaul,
Last Friday, he turned 74, with 2010 being his 42nd year in politics.
Sir Michael was lost for words by the surprise and thanked all staff and students of UNRE, especially Vice Chancellor Prof Philip Siaguru, for making the day a special one for him.
Earlier, during the graduation ceremony, PNG Strategic Plan chairman chairman Prof David Kavanamur presented tabu (traditional Tolai shell money) to Sir Michael as a token of appreciation for making him chairman of Vision 2050.
In a powerful Tolai traditional ceremony, Sir Michael beat a Tolai tubuan with the tabu
Prof Kavanamur also presented a traditional Tolai headdress to the Prime Minister.
Sir Michael traveled to