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East Kikori group stand firm on removal of Chairman Mark Maipakai

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby


A group of landowners in Kikori, Gulf Province, are standing firm with their decision for the removal of Mark Maipakai as Chairman of Gopera Investment Limited.

Spokesperson, Luke Damu, says the landowners believe it is in the best interest of the Kikori people to have made this decision in regards to the allegations of improper actions by Mr Maipakai in the past 25 years.

They also want a probe into the financial standings of the landowner company and have laid formal complaints,  reporting to the National Forest Authority and the police.

The group expressed disappointment stating that Mr Maipakai had failed to provide financial reports of a K7 million settlement by logging company, Rimbunan Hijau.

The leaders have stood firm to remove Mr Maipakai as Chairman. The East Kikori leaders say no proper services were delivered under Maipakai’s leadership as Chairman for the last 25 years.

The decision was made on 26th February. The former Kikori MP is yet to make a public statement.

The landowner leaders believe the former MP of Parliament must answer to the allegations.

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