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November 28, 2021

Residents Fear Being Left Homeless After a Hidden Sale Deal

More than 700 people living in one of National Housing Commission’s hostel at Six Mile, in Port Moresby, will be homeless if a developer takes over the land they occupy.

The residents were told by the Six Mile Police Station Commander that a developer had bought the land.

However, the National Housing Commission and the Lands Department, had told the residents that the area still belongs to NHC.

Residents complained in a press conference, this afternoon, that the Police Station Commander visited them one night, two weeks ago, informing them of the arrival of the developer.

The officer did not specify which developer, but told them that the land had been bought five years ago from NHC.

Most of them are serving public servants who have been living at Emma Hostel for more than 20 years.

James Wangewa, a resident, said it has been 15 years since the National Housing Corporation visited them and did maintenance.

Water and power connections were cut-off, but the residents continue to pay the bills. NHC told the residents that they did not sell the land to any developer.

The Lands Department also told the residents that the land still belongs to the Department of Civil Aviation after it was sold to NHC.

The residents are now looking for ways to resolve it.

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