by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Lae
The debate on the legality of the Lae City Authority continues, as Lae’s traditional landowners, the Ahi, meet with Lae MP and Interim Chairperson, Loujaya Kouza.
Lae MP and interim Chairperson, Loujaya Kouza, has already met with local leaders of Ahi to mobilise them to participate in spin off businesses.
They will also meet with Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru.
People from Lae’s Butibum and Kamkumung villages to draft MOA’s to take part in business spin-offs in the LCA.
The race to educate the local people of Lae City on the bill has begun, as it becomes a heated debate.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, will be meeting with the Ahi tomorrow.
The Morobe Provincial Government has maintained that the LCA Bill conflicts with the three tiers of government.
Their argument is, with this bill, the national government takes away the service delivery function of the Lae Urban Local Level Government and leaves it as a policy making arm, rendering it an incomplete government.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, explained that it was unconstitutional to have another authority not mandated by the people to carry out services.
The Provincial Government is taking the matter to the Supreme Court.