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October 21, 2021

94-year-old Man and his Family Evicted

A ninety-four year old and his family have been evicted from their home of sixty years, in Port Moresby.

The former public servant, Oisa Evoa, and his children have spent four nights sleeping out in the open.

This is the second time the Evoa family has been evicted.

The first eviction took place in 2013, and Evoa’s wife died soon after the eviction.

Tonight will be the fifth night the Evoa family will be spending outside their fenced home. This has been their home since the 1960s.

94-year-old, Oisa Evoa, worked as a plumber and laid pipes for the sewage system in Downtown, during the colonial era. He was also involved in the construction of the Bomana War Cemetery.

This morning, when EMTV News arrived at the scene, the former public servant sat quietly under makeshift shelter and did not say a word.

Theresa Evoa, Oisa’s daughter, explained that the title of the house they were evicted from is under her father’s name, but the piece of land the house sits on is under a different name.

When the family was evicted on Tuesday, neither an eviction notice nor an eviction order was produced.

The matter was brought to Hohola Police but when the family saw that the outcome was not in their favour, they brought it up the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent’s office.

In the last two months, a number of evictions were carried out in Port Moresby. Some were deemed illegal while others are still battled in court.

Just two streets away from the Evia’s, another two families were evicted.

Meanwhile, the authorities concerned, The National Housing Corporation and the Lands Department still have to make a response to the numerous evictions that have taken place.

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