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May 17, 2021
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Settlers Affected by Government Project

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The Koura Way four-lane road project along June Valley in the nation’s capital has forced hundreds from their homes.

Settlers and landowners claim the project cuts through land that is customary owned and they want answers as to how the project was initiated without their concerns being addressed.

“We want answers because this is a form of land grabbing,” said landowner group Chairman, Guadi Guba.

Guba claims there was no proper consultation between the state, Lands Department and the Incorporated Landowner Groups (ILGs) before the project started.

“We have been going to the Lands Department seeking answers but they turn us away every time we go there,” Guba said.

Meanwhile, a community representative said the settlers accept the changes that are happening around the city, but they do not want to fall victim to these changes.

“The government is fit, but they must listen to our plea. We accept these developments but we want them to relocate us,” community representative Maima Sipa said.

Meanwhile, National Capital District Commission Enforcement Coordinator, Mathias Repo, told EMTV News that the project will go ahead as planned. He said the project will only affect people living along the June Valley to Hanuabada corridor, which is 40 meters wide.

“No homes or people will be affected outside the 40 metre mark. This is a compulsory project by NCD and the national government. It will go ahead as planned,” Repo said.

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