The body of late Ambassador, Dominic Diya was officially handed over to his tribe and family by government representatives over the weekend.
Diya was one of the first six people appointed by the newly independent state of PNG in 1975, to be her ambassadors overseas.
Diya died after battling cancer for more than 10 years.
The body of late Ambassador Dominic Diya, accompanied by his immediate family in a chartered aircraft, arrived to a mourning crowd at the Mendi airport on Saturday.
A long convoy of vehicles took his body from the airport to his home village of Oiyerep, where school children lined the roads to welcome him home.
Government representative to the funeral and Works Minister, Francis AwEsa’on behalf of the Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill, conveyed the government’s condolences to the family, and paid tribute to this great man, WHO’served the country to the time of his death.
A colleague and former Member for Ialibu Pangia, Roy Yaki also paid tribute to his long-time friend.
The Oiyerep community thanked the government and those WHO’stood by late Diya to ensure he received medical attention until his death.
After all speeches, Minister AwEsa’paid his last respect to the body of late ambassador Diya and handed it over to the tribe.
Late Diya’s daughter Monalisa also thanked the government and everyone WHO’supported her dad when he was battling cancer.
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