by Bethanie Harriman EMTV Lae
Lae MP and Interim Lae City Authority Chairperson, Loujaya Kouza, says the Morobe Provincial Government can go to court to stop the bill.
Yesterday, Lae city Lord Mayor, Koim Trillu Leahy, supported the Morobe Provincial Governments move to take the matter to court.
The Lae City Authority Bill pushed by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, is receiving stiff resistance from the Local Level Government and the Morobe Provincial Government.
Interim Lae City Authority Chairperson, Loujaya Kouza, explained that the Authority will not interfere with the Lae Urban Local Level Government.
The LCA aims to improve support services to business houses in Lae City.
“The Lae City Mayor the Lae City Manager, Roy Kamen they are still there,” says Kouza.
The argument by the Lae City Lord Mayor, Koim Trillu Leahy, is the government giving over K100 million to set up another white elephant to deliver municipal services when the Lae city council can do it.
Yesterday, Lae City Lord Mayor, Koim Trillu Leahy, said the Lae Urban Local Level government will not sign the MOU to give away their rights to conduct municipal services.
“The National Government should give us the K150 million to beef up the way we carry out municipal services,” says Lae Mayor Koim Trulli Leahy.
There has also been growing confusion between the functions of the Lae District Development Authority and the Lae City Authority.
Municipal tasks will be handled by LCA and the Lae Urban Local Level Government will also be involved but their main policies would be to pass policies.
The Morobe Provincial government is taking the matter to the Supreme Court.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, said it was unconstitutional to have another arm of government.
Morobe Province will have five levels of service delivery.