According to a report from OneTV, Hon. Edward Justus Huni’ehu, passed away recently after an extended period of ill health.
Huni’ehu was first elected as the member for East ‘Are ‘Are in a by-election in 1992 following the resignation of Peter Kenilorea. He was re-elected at the 1993 election, chose not to contest in 1997 and then won again in 2001 and 2006. In all, he served as a member of parliament for over 13 years and was thus one of the longest-serving members since independence.
According to Huni’ehu’s biographical information on the Solomons Parliament web site he was, most recently, Minister for Energy, Mines and Rural Electification in the CNURA government. Other ministerial appointments included:
- a brief tenure as Minister for Education and Human Resources Development in the ill-fated Rini government (21 April to 4 May 2006)
- Minister for Agriculture and Livestock in the Kemakeza government (19 December 2001 to 17 December 2002)
- Minister for Transport, Works and Utilities in the Mamaloni government (1993 to 1997)
- Minister for Commerce
He was also Leader of the Opposition in 1997.
I noted in an earlier post that there have already been a disturbing number of deaths during this term of parliament: Huni’ehu is the fourth MP to pass away during this parliament following the deaths of Bart Ulufa’alu, Joses Sanga, and Bentley Rogosamani.
He died at the age of 54.
Update and correction (14/04/10): further articles on the late Edward Huni’ehu have been published in the Solomon Star, the Solomon Times and the Solomons Parliament web site. He also received tributes from Opposition Leader, Manasseh Sogavare and from Peter Lynch of Pelena Energy.
I originally reported that that Huni’ehu contested (and was defeated in) the 1997 election however the Solomon Times article implies that he exited politics for a time ‘to focus on personal plans’. I have amended my post accordingly.