Landowner groups of the Sigite-Mukus Integrated Rural Development Project in West-Pomio have responded to Douglas Tennent’s deportation.
The clan groups released a statement yesterday (15/06/17) claiming Mr. Tennent and the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabaul are politically interfering and disturbing genuine efforts by landowner companies to bring tangible developments into the West Pomio area.
The Sikite Mukus Oil Palm Project has been a hive of landowner dispute between those who want the project and those who don’t want the project.
It is understood, Mr. Tennent and the Rabaul Catholic Archdiocese have tried to assist the two factions settle their disputes.
However, the landowner groups say the Catholic archdiocese and Mr. Tennent have tapped into an issue that has no direct link to the Catholic Church.
The statement stated that Mr. Tennent’s removal from the country was endorsed by the landowners groups.