By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
Vendors at Koki’s informal market in Port Moresby are not going to give away the land that the market is built on easily.
Vendors say the acquisition of the land title claimed by South Waghi MP, Joe Koim, is something that needs proper investigation.
Community leaders stated that the land is land reserved for a park, and not for business purposes. They say Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, has built the informal market to create business and wealth to support the community.
Community leader Cletus Gomiai said the portion of land is a reserved land for parks and gardens, however the Moresby South MP applied through formal processes to the National Capital District Commission to build an informal market for the community at Koki.
“We have been benefiting from the market and we will fight for the rights of this land,” Gomiai said.
Others vendors called for proper investigation into the sale of the land.
“We calling on authorities to investigate how this land was acquired by the South Waghi MP Joe Koim,” said a mother, Anna Punai.
The majority of vendors told the media they will be fighting for the rights of the market land.