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January 22, 2021

Director Outraged Over Destruction Of WW 2 Relics

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Director of the National Museum and Arts Gallery, Andrew Moutu, is outraged over the destruction of World war two relics at Paga Hill in Port Moresby.

This follows the building of a government sanctioned 40 meter ring road. Construction work has actually impinged upon world war two bunkers.


It’s also feared there might be live, undetonated ordinance, causing danger to residents living in the area.


This was the scene this morning at Paga hill, facing Fairfax harbour, in full view of residents, the demolition of World war two relics.


Among the ruins, what residents thought were undetonated bombs, in fact, artillery left by Australian forces.


Amidst those that showed concern at what was going on, was Museum director Dr Andrew Moutu.


He and other Museum staff were forced to leave the area, after police on site said they were carrying out’Orders by NCDC.


Apparently, the world war two relics were in the way of a 40 metre ring road that would come through this way, and also in the line of fire, was the church.


It’s a complicated issue, involving developers, the National Capital District Commission, and settlers.


The bottom half of Paga Hill, where the church once stood, and the residents here won a stay’Order in court, but they say they’ve been forced out, regardless.


Now with the intrusion into the world war two relics, the Museum has become involved. It’s playing it’s mandated role to protect war relics as a matter of national significance.


Mr Moutu said in 2012, they had been’Ordered to refrain from instituting any legal action against the developer Paga Hill Limited, but now it’s gone too far, and after not being granted access into the area, they will take it to the courts.


Deputy Director of sciences, Herman Mandui says no environmental impact assessment plan was done.


Mr. Moutu says it is law, that whatever is left after the war belongs to the National Government.


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