by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
This morning, another family was evicted at Murray Barracks.
This eviction comes as the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) continues its move to free up institutional housing. The family of late ex-Corporal Peter Tovara was forced to leave their home.
They have been living there for the last 14 years. The family comes from Hela Province and have lived out of their home province since the 1960s.
The PNGDF removed Mrs Tovara and her family when she was about to attend her first grandson’s grade 8 graduation. They were abandoned at Apex Park near Boroko to look for a new home. EM TV arrived just as they were praying, hoping for a miracle to happen.
Over the last two weeks, families of ex-servicemen have been evicted from their homes. PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo said many of these ex-servicemen have lived there for too long and preparations have been made to repatriate them to their home villages.
The family has been at the park since 9 o’clock this morning. For hours, they have been sitting under a tree without basic necessities. The public were there to express their sympathy.