by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Yesterday afternoon, the body of the late police officer, Clifford Yembiningi was brought into the Gordons Police Barracks chapel for his final blessing.
Born on the 7th of August in 1988, he was stabbed at Gordons Market last month and died later at the Port Moresby General Hospital. He was only 26 years old.
Officer Yembiningi always wanted to be a police officer; his relatives described him in his eulogy as a person who never gave up on achieving his goals. He died just three months after passing out from the Bomana Police College.
His death sparked a string of unfortunate events in Port Moresby. First, Gordons Market was shut down and bus stops were relocated. A public outcry ensued to close the market for good.
However, last week the market was reopened, with NCD Governor Powes Parkop pledging to name a wing of the proposed reconstruction of the market after officer Yembiningi.
The funeral was attended by members of the police hierarchy, including the Australian Federal Police. Family and friends of Yembiningi turned out to share their sorrow.
His body was flown today to Wewak and will be laid to rest at his village in East Yangoru.