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February 28, 2021

Residents claim Eviction ‘Illegal’

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Families evicted at Kermedec Street in Port Moresby say the eviction is illegal at this point in time, because the eviction is still being challenged in court.

However, this morning, officers from the National Housing Cooperation (NHC) have visited the site to put up a temporary fence.

Most evicted families had left the site yesterday afternoon but those that have nowhere else to go are still camping at Kermedec.

Kermedec is an old community in the Moresby South electorate. Most families that lived here migrated to Port Moresby in the 1980s. It has an estimated population of one thousand people.
The residents were evicted yesterday following what the National Housing Cooperation say was a court order.

Kermedec residents argued that a verdict is yet to be handed down and they were not served a Warrant of Eviction.

The National Housing Cooperation Estate used to house 15 families, most of whom are public servants.
According to the NCD Health Division, this surrounding was condemned in 2014 and categorized as an unhygienic area for people to live in; but families continued to live here until the eviction yesterday.

NHC has plans to develop this area, but at the moment, have refused to announce their plans.
It is understood that three thousand kina was given to each of the families that lived in the NHC houses as funding assistance to move their properties out of the houses.

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