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Mori says Landowner Group is not recognised by Government

By Adelaide Sirox Kari – EMTV News, Port Moresby


The Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Wera Mori says the landowner group petitioning the government over water supply to Port Moresby, is not recognized by the Government.

With calls to shut down water supply before APEC, Minister Mori said any action would be illegal and police will arrest any individuals.

The issue stems from K20 million paid out from an approved K50 million as a part of a sustainable and benefit sharing package allocated by the Government.

The Minister for Trade Commerce & Industry is the chairman of the ministerial committee on Koiari issues.

Current Minister Wera Mori had confirmed receiving K20 Million of the K50 million paid to Several Koiari Incorporated Landowner Group.

K10 Million was paid to Upper Rouna ILG’s and K10 million to Lower Rouna landowners.

The payment to lower Rouna ILG’s consisting of Narmie Clan ILG, Omani Clan ILG and Behori Clan ILG was taken to court, the National Court ruled in favour of the Three Lower Rouna ILG’s.

And so began the disagreement on whom, the money should be paid to.

Today (24 October,2018), Minister Mori stood by the three ILGs of Lower Rouna based on the court ruling. Minister Mori says any disruption to water and electricity during APEC will result in arrest being made.

Meanwhile the Chairmen of Narmie, Omani and Behori ILG were also present, reassuring Port Moresby residents that no disruption of water or power supply would take place in their area of Lower Rouna where the main water valve is located.


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