28 Feb 2006

Bougainville government to fund Masiria burial

4:24 pm on 28 February 2006

The Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea is to contribute more than 8,000 US dollars towards the funeral arrangements of Hilary Masiria.

The former chairman of the Bougainville Resistance Force and former police minister in the interim provincial government was electrocuted at his home on Saturday, reportedly while fixing his television.

The Bougainville President Joseph Kabui says Mr Masiria's contribution to Bougainville's peace process was immeasurable.

Mr Kabui says it is because of this that his government is doing all it can to aid the Masiria family.

"There's a committee that has been set up, a working committee that will be putting together a programme for the whole funeral arrangements, for example, what time to have a requiem mass for late Hilary, burial also of late Hilary, all these sorts of things the committee will work on it."

Mr Kabui says the funeral is expected to be held on Friday.