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Parkop, Tkatchenko saddened by passing of Kumuls star Kato Ottio

The NCD Governor, Powes Parkop and Moresby South MP and Minister for Lands and Physical planning, Justin Tkatchenko have released a joint statement on the passing of the Late Kato Ottio.

“We share this time of sadness and grief 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.

Both leaders urged citizens to refrain from making assumptions at this early stage adding that it is very important that the cause of death is priority, and a complete investigation is conducted.

“A very particular investigation and port-mortem at the highest level is paramount for the assurance of the immediate family, friends and our rugby league mad followers.

“There is no doubt that we all want the same thing - the truth.

The statement urged all entities responsible for the facts as well as those tasked with this investigation to 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.

“May the Late Kato Ottio Rest in Everlasting Peace”.

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