|Governor Luther Wenge
The Tutumang is the name for
the Morobe Provincial Legislature or the Assembly.
The name is derived from the Kote Language, one of the two (2)
major languages spoken throughout Morobe Province. Tutumang therefore refers to meeting of the people or leaders etc
and the name is allowed pursuant to Section 10 (3) of the Organic Law on Provincial Government and Local Government (the Organic
|Tutumang House- Provincial Parliament
|On September 16, 1975, this stone was set in front of the Tutumang Building
On September 16, 1975, a large stone set up before the Morobe Tutumang Building. On the rock you will find an inscription
from the Book of Psalms 118:1, "Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever".
Function of the Tutumang
function of the Tutumang as the legislative arm of the Provincial Government is to make Laws (and Policies) for the governance
of Morobe Province for the people of Morobe.
The Organic Law clearly defines the specific areas of Law making powers
between the National Government, Provincial Government and Local Level Government.
Section 42 of the Organic Law
sets out in detail the law making powers of the Provincial Government. Apart from it’s main functions as a law
making institution the Tutumang also has certain administrative functions and these are set out under Section 16 of the Provincial
Governments Administration Act 1997.
The Tutumang also can exercise any legislative power of function of the National
Government that is delegated pursuant to Section 50 of the Organic Law.
|Inside Chamber of Tutumang
The Tutumang as a Legal Mandatory Institution
The Papua New Guinea Constitution at Section 187 A creates a Provincial Government System whilst its form and manner of
establishments and function are left to the Organic Law to provide in detail accordingly.
Section 187 C of the
Constitution established a mainly elective (elected directly) a Provincial legislature with such powers as are conferred by
Composition of Tutumang
The number of members of theTutumang both elected and appointed are as provided for under Section 10 of the Organic Law.
The current Tutumang therefore comprises of the ten (10) National MP’s, representing the 9 Open Electorates
and the Regional Member who is the Governor and four (4) appointed members representing the Church, Community, Business and
Women in Morobe Province, a total of 14 members in all.
In 2007 the National Parliament through an amendment to
the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local Level Governments removed Presidents as members of the Provincial Assemblies
thus the reduce number of Tutumang members from 45 in the last term (2002 – 2007) to the current 14 members for this
The Tutumang is allowed four (4) meetings in a year. In addition it can also hold special meetings as allowed
under Section 15 (3) of the Organic Law and further given effect under Section 12 (2) and (3) of the Provincial Governments
Administration Act 1997.
MOROBE SAM SEWE
Morobe Sam Sewe is the Executive
Arm of Morobe Provincial Government (Provincial Executive Council).
The Organic Law on establishing Provincial Government systems in the Provinces of Papua New Guinea in the early 1970’s
with its amendments has created the Provincial Assemblies and Provincial Executive Councils.
Morobe Sam Sewe is
the Provincial Executive Council of Morobe Provincial Government.
The current Chairman of Morobe Sam Sewe (PEC)
is the elected Morobe Regional National Parliament Member and his Deputy elected in Morobe Tutumang (Provincial Assembly)
with simple majority is an elected National Parliament Open Member from Markham District/Electorate.
Sam Sewe Members, appointed by Governor and Chairman of Morobe Sam Sewe are Hon. Benjamin Phillip, MP – Menyamya Open,
Chairman – Works Committee; Appointed Community Representative, Hon. Benson Suwang, Chairman – Provincial Affairs
Committee and Appointed Church Representative, Hon. Bibi Gam, Chairman – Transport.
Chairman - Hon. Luther A. Wenge (LLG) MP - Morobe Regional
Deputy Chairman - Hon. Konnie Iguan, MP - Markham Open
- Hon. Benjamin Phillip, MP - Menyamya Open
Member - Hon. Benson Suwang, MT- Appointed Member of Tutumang
Member - Hon. Bibi Gam, MT - Appointed Member of Tutumang
The Executive Officer
to Morobe Sam Sewe is Mr. Patilias Gamato – Acting Provincial
Administrator and the Cabinet Secretary is Mr. Galang Awagasi.