By Aloysius Laukai in Haisi
The people of Tokunutui in the Haisi area of Siwai, South Bougainville yesterday created history by commiting themselves to supporting their son the newly elected regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA in the next five years of his reign as the representative of the 300 thousand plus people of Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea national parliament.
In a moving ceremony that started from his village,first the immediate family blessed him to go and serve the people of Haisi, then the clan installed him to be the chief to go and serve the region.
The procession started from the village and went to the parish area where the community witnessed the traditional ceremony in which he had to climb the traditional platform(lauku) for him to be ordained the the chief Aloysius.
The ceremony included traditional singing and dancing.
At the end of the 30 minute procession, students of Haisi Primary school sang the national and Bougainville anthems as the two community policemen present raised the flags.
The activity also had speeches from all sections of the community acknowledging their support for the new Tokunutui chief who was then send to serve the people of Bougainville with their fully pledged support.