Mr Sogavare said the late Ulufa'alu had lived a colorful life saying the late Ulufa'alu is an enemy to none and friend to all.

Mr Sogavare said as the prime minister of Solomon Islands, he is not qualified to describe the life of late Ulufa'alu because of his many achievements and hardship the late leader had been through in his private and public life.

Mr Sogavare said during his public life, the late Ulufa'alu had thought up great ideas, one of which is the initial Bottom Up Approach and the many reforms in the countries, economic reforms.

He said various governments have made the late Ulufa'alu their finance minister because of his credentials of being a reformist. He said through his initial reforms, Solomon Islands are able to move ahead against all odds.

The country's distinguished leaders including the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena and Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare paid last tribute and respect to the late Ulufa'alu when his body lay in state at the national parliament chamber.

The body of the late Bartholomew Ulufa'alu will be buried at his home village in the Langa Langa Lagoon Malaita province tomorrow. His body was transported home this evening by police patrol boat Auki after today's state funeral.