Port Vila to celebrate 30 July “only a day”: Sumptoh

Chairman of the Independence Celebrations in Port Vila, Lord Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh has announced that Port Vila will celebrate the country’s 37th Independence Anniversary only in a day.
“In an Independence Committee meeting, we decided that Port Vila will commemorate Independence Day together at Independence Park, but the celebrations shall be held only a day,” Mr Sumptoh said.

July 30 this year is on a Sunday therefore Monday 31st is a public holiday.

Mr Sumptoh said when Vanuatu celebrates Independence Day it will still during the 100-day- mourning of the late Head of State, President Baldwin Lonsdale.

To respect the late President Lonsdale’s still 100 days of sorrow, Port Vila where the late President spent almost three year as Head of State, will not prolong Independence celebrations.
The Mayor is appealing to all communities in the different wards of Port Vila to unite together and celebrate one people at the Independence Park.

Any requests to have the celebrations outside Independence Park will not be approved by the Port Vila Municipal Council.

In other Port Vila Municipal stories, the Mayor and the Acting Town Clerk, Ms Michelle Jonas are currently with a PVMC Netball team in the Solomon Islands. They were being invited by the Honiara Municipal Council as part of the sister city arrangements between the two Melanesian city councils.

On July 7 the PVMC delegation celebrated Solomon Islands Independence Anniversary.

In Mayor Sumptoh’s absence, the Central Ward councilor Vai Maki is Acting Port Vila Mayor.