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August 15, 2020
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LTC Review decision by NEC applauded

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Kafe Landowners have welcomed the National Executive Council’s decision for the review of the determination handed by Commissioner Peter Toliken in 2009 for the K92 Mine in Eastern Highlands.

Chairman, Michael Kro’efa says the review is a relief for the disgruntled landowners however, he urged for no political interference.

Chairman Kro’efa says the landowner group has persisted by making submissions to the Minister responsible and MRA.

He welcomes NEC’s decision for the review of the 2009 Land Court determination.

“We the Kafe landowners thank the Marape-Steven Government through the NEC to review the LTC determination”, said Kro’efa.

“it is a relief after many years of hiccups in the process” added Chairman Kro’efa.

The LTC determination has been a long-standing process and entitles to a review of the K92 Mine MOA.

However, an earlier advice by the Office of the State Solicitor was disregarded by the former MRA Managing Director, Philip Samar.

Chairman Kro’efa says it is a vital process before the MOA is reviewed and signed by the different parties.

Meanwhile, Chairman Kro’efa condemned the recent MOA review organised by Mining Minister Johnson Tuke and Mineral Resource Authority in Kokopo.

For Kafe landowner group, they believe the Minister responsible and MRA have crossed their paths in siding with a portion of the landowners who claim to be principal landowners.

With NEC calling for a review of the 2009 LTC determinations, the Kafe group do not want the involvement of Minister Tuke and MRA.

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