Tomscoll Pays Tribute

Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscoll, has paid tribute to one of Papua New Guinea’s founding fathers, the late Sir Donatus Mola.

Sir Donatus Mola was among the first national leaders, who fought to ensure PNG gained independence.


On his way to visit the agriculture project at Lumankoa Village in the Haku Constituency of Buka, Minister Tomscoll visited Sir Donatus Mola’s grave.


Tomscoll laid wreaths at his colleagues resting place, as a token of respect, and appreciation for his contributions to this nation’s development, before and after independence.


Sir Mola was one of the first Parliamentarians who represented Bougainville in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea, in the pre independence era.

He became the North Bougainville MP under Sir Julius Chan's Peoples Progress Party in 1965, and continued until 1978.


On different intervals, he served as minister for education, health, commerce and the Public Service at different interval. He was a strong devoted Catholic, instrumental in localizing of priests in the Church.

He was knighted Sir, in 2005 for his service to the community. Sir Donatus Mola died at his home in 2012, at the age of 88.

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