by Eric Haurupma – EM TV, Port Moresby
Settlers of 9 mile, Kukipi Block, outside of Port Moresby will remain on the land despite eviction notices served by police.
A restraining order sought by local MP, Labi Amaiu, has guaranteed the settlers to stay while the matter is brought before the National Court.
The fate of ejecting residents living at the 9 mile Kukipi block section 22, allotment 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be decided in court.
This follows after the intervention by local MP, Labi Amaiu, who served a restraining order preventing the removal of his people by a certain individual who had obtained a land title from the Lands Department.
Mr. Amaiu said these people have had the right to live in the area while due processes are taken to solve this matter in Court.
“These people in one way or the other have had contributed to the economic development of NCD and it is unbecoming for a particular individual to remove the majority living in the area.”
This portion of land was mainly settled by the Kukipi people of Gulf Province for at least three generations.