Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, will be seeking a Papua New Guinean citizenship after he retires from politics, which is any time soon.
He announced his desire to settle in PNG upon retirement, while celebrating Papua New Guinea’s 42nd Independence Day anniversary in Honiara, reports Post Courier.
Sogavare declared that he was a Papua New Guinean by birth and would be pursuing an official dual citizenship status in PNG.
He was the guest of honour at the Independence Day dinner event hosted by PNG High Commissioner, Fred Yakasa, during which he could not hold back and could not hide his connection with PNG.
Yakasa also confirmed Sogavare’s retirement plans Monday and commended him for making the announcement on September 16.
Sogavare is the youngest of five sons of a pioneer missionary, Loko Sogavare, from Choiseul, Solomon Islands, who worked as a Seventh-Day Adventist Church missionary in remote Northern Province in the 1950s.