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January 20, 2021

More Settlers Evicted In Lae

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Another group of Settlers along Lae’s Bumbu River has been evicted. This follows last month’s eviction of a group living 200 meters away from those evicted today.

Lae Police say a local company wanted the land freed up for expansion. It was another day of evicting settlers in Lae, and more than five houses were removed and torched.

Members of the Lae Police Service, evicted people off land owned by an Enterprise company. Police say they had served eviction notices to people in the area, but the people failed to comply.


Illegal settlements around the city have increased, raising concerns about ineffective Police manpower, to contain law and order problems that include ethnic clashes.


Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, has tried to address the problem with a biometric data recording system, to monitor urban drift. “They will be redirected to their Province of origin, and these ethnic clashes are part of (settlers) a number game,” she says.

But for now, evictions will continue.


The evicted area is on the opposite side of the Bumbu River. Last month, people were evicted on the other side, to allow for the expansion of the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea.


It’s understood, that those deemed illegal settlers on land, will be evicted.


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