“I remember very well sitting down with Daniel Bokap, Donatus Mola, Warren Dutton, John Maneke, Louis Mona and other founding fathers of the Peoples Progress Party in 1970. We are older than Papua New Guinea itself. We helped to give birth to our country,” Sir Julius said, when he visited the family the late Daniel Bokap.
PPP envisioned the ideal of a free, democratic and more satisfying society in which all citizens actively participated in a progressive and innovative experience that sets the course for the rest of the country, by way of working for the people, with the people and by way of taking decisive actions to meet our goals.
Today, that he has gone, we have lost one of the most humble and profoundly honest leaders New Ireland has ever had in its political history. Not only was he a life long supporter of the Peoples Progress Party, he was a very close friend. We maintained a close and solid relationship until the time of his passing,” Sir Julius remembered fondly.
Sir Julius concluded saying, “I have always stated, an honest politician will always be poor and Daniel was not rich, but had a very big heart.”
“On behalf of the New Ireland Government, the people of New Ireland, the member for Kavieng, Member for Namatanai, the Peoples Progress Party, my wife Stella and our children Vanessa, Mark, Toea, Hon. Byron and their families, I want to remember him today, as one of the original founders and solid member of the Peoples Progress Party. A man who devoted his life to serve the people of New Ireland in his early years of public service as the first member for New Ireland from 1968 to 1972.”
Source: By Benjamin Nasson Wakip Jnr V, Governor’s Office | New Ireland Provincial Government