Former Papua New Guinea Parliament speaker Jeffrey Nape has died. He passed away at 8am on Friday at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.
“Mr. Nape was admitted and we worked on him from twelve midnight to 8am this morning however he left us, I can only say to you that he died of organ failure”, said Doctor Paul Mondia Consultative Physician of the Pacific International Hospital.
He contested the 2012 general election under the PNC ticket but lost to incumbent Sinasina-Yongamugl MP and lawyer Kerenga Kua.
The late politician masterminded the topping of then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare in August 2011, when the latter was seeking medical attention in Singapore and oversaw the election of Peter O’Neill as the PM.
The country was plunged into a political crisis when the Supreme Court ruled the move unconstitutional and ordered the reinstatement of Sir Michael, only for Mr O’Neill to use his majority numbers in parliament to re-elect him as the PM.
Papua New Guineans took to social media when news circulated on his passing with some condemning him over the controversial decisions that the National Parliament promulgated under his reign as speaker and others praising him.
“Played his part in the 2011 political impasse which was after all declared by the court unconstitutional…can’t measure the legacy he leaves behind,” said a Justin Tapako.
Others praised him for a K20 million maintenance program to renovate the National Parliament and install a new cooling system.