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May 7, 2021
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Koiari Landowners Threaten to Shut Down Water Supply

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Koiari landowners in Central province have threatened to shut down the water supply into Port Moresby, if the government fails to respond to their demands.

They demanded the government to immediately release the outstanding K10 million as compensation for the Sirinumu Dam.

They gave the government 24 hours to respond.

The threat to shut down water supply into the nation’s capital follows a court decision handed down by the National Court in Port Moresby.

Today, Rouna landowners met and presented a petition to the Office of the Central Government.

The petition contained six demands that included the immediate release of the outstanding K10 million.

This K10 million is part of the K50 million that was allocated for the Rouna landowners.

The same demands were presented early this year but the landowners claimed there was no positive response from the government.

This morning, they invited their lawyer to explain the court’s decision on the outstanding money.

It was explained that the National Court ordered the committee responsible to meet and discuss ways on how they will spend the money.

EMTV News understands the K10 million will be used for the Koiari Land Mobilisation Program.

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