January 11, 2018

Deputy PM Charles Able pays tribute to late Kato Ottio

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury Charles Abel has extended his condolences on the shocking passing of rugby league star Kato Ottio.
“I want to express from my family and office our shock at the loss of Kato Ottio. It’s hard to believe and accept someone who was starring for PNG on recently is gone.”
“He was at the next stage of his promising career and it’s a big loss to his family and the country.” Abel said.
On Tuesday, Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko and National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop called for a complete investigation to be conducted into the sudden death of Kato Ottio.
In a joint statement, Tkatchenko and Parkop said at his early stage, it is very important that the cause of death is priority.
“A very particular investigation and postmortem at the highest level is paramount for the assurance of the immediate family, friends and our rugby league mad followers,” they said.
“There is no doubt that we all want the same thing – the truth. All entities responsible for the facts as well as those tasked with this investigation must ensure that the immediate family of late Kato, most importantly get the truth, for peace of mind.
“We call upon the general public to allow for this process to go ahead, and to refrain from making assumptions that will only bring greater grief to this period of mourning.
“Late Katsy as we know him is a national hero and any emotionally driven assumptions will not serve him any justice while we seek the answers to ease our pain.
“On behalf of people of Moresby South and the National Capital District, we share this time of sadness and sorrow with the immediate family of the late Kato Ottio, truly humble individual and a rugby league icon and champion.
“Our condolences also to the Rugby League fraternity on the loss of a very promising young talent and a great ambassador of the game,” they said in the statement.
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