Category Archives: Tribal Conflict

Team to be set up for NHC asset recovery

A NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) asset recovery team will be set up next year to restore integrity in the corporation, says Minister for Housing and Urbanisation John Kaupa, pictured.

 
The team will comprise officers from police, the auditor-general, attorney-general, state solicitor, Lands and Physical Planning Department, Office of Urbanisation, Finance Department and other private professionals to identity assets that belong to the corporation.

 
“The Housing Corporation has been run as privately owned by some group of people,” Kaupa said.

 
He said the NHC had been facing issues of restrictive policy framework, political interference and poor management.

 
Its survival is not dependent on revenue generation and rentals or creation of new properties.

 
“It was largely depended on the exciting property sales, without the expansion of the asset profile,” Kaupa said.

 
He said currently the NHC was not in a position to account for all its assets.

 
“There is a need to change the structure and we must also take stock of all the titles and all the properties owned by Housing Corporation and incorporate them so that we must have a register to maintain and see what properties we own.”

 
Kaupa said over the years, the drive to account for all assets had been attended but was incomplete.

 
“At this stage, the properties are everywhere with 4000 titles. Are these 4000 titles still there or moved to other titles? We do not know,” he said.

Source: The National

Police ops to be heightened nationwide

18/12/2017  
Souce: Loop PNG

Police operations will be on heightened alert throughout the festive period because an upsurge of alcohol-related incidences is anticipated.

 

In his Christmas and New Year message, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 42nd Christmas as a united nation of a thousand tribes this year.

 

“As a nation, we have come a long way. But the road ahead is still long and filled with many challenges,” he stated.

 

“Whatever the future holds for our country, we stand a better chance of meeting the challenges together as one people and a united country.

 

“So on this Christmas festive period, I appeal to every citizen across our beautiful nation to celebrate this festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.

 

“Take time to enjoy with family and friends. Also take time to reflect on the past year and plan to make some positive changes not only for yourselves but for your family and the country in the New Year.

 

“On behalf of my family and all members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, we wish every citizen of our country a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

“God bless you all.”

[Photo Credit: Post-Courier Online]

Author: Press release

Boroko Market Safer Than Gordon

Central Vendors At The New Boroko Market Only Have Words Of Praise For The Security Personnel Who Have Been Doing A Tremendous Job Keeping The Vendors Safe Inside And Outside The Vicinity Of The Market.

 

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BY YOMBI KEP 

 

Central vendors at the new Boroko market only have words of praise for the security personnel who have been doing a tremendous job keeping the vendors safe inside and outside the vicinity of the market.

 

“Boroko Market is the best, security wise,” said a spokesperson of the Central Market Vendors during a Wholesale Vendors in NCD and Central Province consultative meeting with NCDC to discuss relevant issues.

 

“We were victims at Gordon market, our female folks were the  main victims but here they can trade without fear.”

 

The infamous Gordon market which is known for the notorious activities from bag snatching to hold ups was closed for renovation forcing vendors, including the Central Vendors who bring bags of fresh food to sell to the retailers to be relocated with other vendors to the Boroko market.

 

Meanwhile, Fletcher Morobe has been engaged as the design and build contractor of the project which will see the construction of a two-storey structure to cater for more than 1500 registered vendors. The K30 million redevelopment will also include cafes and kiosks, spacious parking area, food court, play ground, a space for informal vendors, landscaping of and a one-way traffic system.

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Govt committed to paying Hides LOs

Source: Loop PNG

09/12/2017

The Government is committed to paying the K35 million it promised last year to Hides landowners in Hela Province.

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel however says various court cases have stopped the Government from doing so.

 

Abel said it’s a very complex issue and would like some of the court issues settled quickly so that the money is released.

 

He said numerous court issues have stalled clan vetting, which once completed, will finally see all landowners being paid their royalties.

 

“We’re committed to pay that money. We were ready to pay.  It’s the issues amongst the landowners,” he said.

 

“But hopefully we can get some clarity as soon as possible from our court system so we’re able to pay our Kikori landowners, progress the clan vetting up at Hides and even the pay out of the K35 million.”

 

Recently, Hides landowners shut access to the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, calling on the Government to immediately settle the K35 million it committed in 2016.

 

The move forced ExxonMobil to withdraw non-essential staff from the Plant while maintaining key personnel at the site.

 

Author: Cedric Patjole

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

 
11/30/2017
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged members of parliament to use the existing law and order structures to deal with law and order issues.
 
The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.
 
The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The PM, however, noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.
 
He agreed with the governor that the law enforcement agencies such as police, judiciary, and other village level leaders must work together to make sure that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in the communities.
 
“We have never seen such a gross abuse of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said the PM.
 
“Police must act on this.
 
“I will ensure that the Police Minister goes to the police commissioner to put together a special task force to address this immediately.
 
“If the local police are not taking charge of the issues on ground, the headquarters must take charge of it.”
 
(Parliament sitting last week)
 
 
Author: Julianna Waeda

Attack on 6-Year-Old Girl by Pathetic and Perverted Individuals – Calls for Community and Church Action on False Belief ‘Sanguma

 

The Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.

 

PM O’Neill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

 

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.

 

“Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

 

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.

 

“These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

 

The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

 

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.

 

“The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.

 

“At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

 

“As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.

 

“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

 

“In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.

 

“Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans. “

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups

 
October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
 
 
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
 
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
 
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
 
The deadline lapsed in February.
 
“NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities,” he said.
 
“Whether it’s agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.”
 
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
 
“Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified,” he said.
 
“So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.”
 
Tkatchenko said it was part of the 100-day plan that Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel had put forward.

Ban On Issuing Firearm Licenses

 

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD via Post-Courier

In light of an unprecedented increase in gun- related violence and killings reported in recent months, Police Minister Jelta Wong has declared a ban on the issuance of new firearm licences.

Mr Wong made this declaration yesterday by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 5A (1) of the Firearms Act Chapter 310, and all other enabling powers bestowed on him under the Constitution.

In compliance with this government directive, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who is also the registrar of firearms, will not entertain new applications for the purchase and issuance of new gun licences.

Mr Wong said the ban, which was instituted yesterday, October 4, will remain in effect for an indefinite period. He said the government is taking this measure because of the increasing number of gun-related violence and killings reported in certain parts of the country in recent times.

The death toll now includes the two police officers killed in Wabag, Enga Province, at the height of the recently concluded 2017 National Election in July, and two in Southern Highlands Province last weekend.

However, according to Mr Wong, the PNG’s disciplinary forces, which include the PNG Defence Force, Police and Correctional Services, are exempted from this ban. A similar moratorium on firearms was issued by the Government in 2000.

Mine Production To Increase

 

 

BY FRANKIY KAPIN

The K92 mine in Eastern highlands is looking to produce in the order of 50, 000 ounces (oz) of gold together with a few thousand tons of copper annually once into full operations starting next year.

 
Chief executive officer and director of K92 Mining Incorporation, John Lewins made this known yesterday.

 
When asked about the annual revenue generation of the mine and local landowners beneficiaries once operations of the mine is underway, Mr Lewins said 60 per cent of the mine employees come from the local landowner groups.

 
“We employ 500 people and 60 per cent of those are local landowners,” said Mr Lewins.
He said wages going into the local community is in the order of K7-8 million.

 
“Business opportunities, we still working through with the local communities,” he said.
Mr Lewins said as the mine progresses, business opportunities will gain in access of up to K2 million profit going into the community, which is still not the total value of the contract will be higher.

 
He said the developer is looking at doubling production by the end of 2018, and doubles opportunities.

 
Mr Lewins said the approach is something the developer has to work through with the community and as well is part of the MOA.

 
MRA K92 mine project coordinator, James Norum said with the country’s Mining Act review, a concern by stakeholders is pending completion conducted by Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards.

PM orders call-out expansion

August 18, 2017    
              Main Stories

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered that the security call-out in Hela be expanded to address the unrest in Enga and Southern Highlands.

 
The call-out is allowed under the existing order for Hela, he said in a statement.
“Our patience has ended with troublemakers in both Enga and Southern Highlands,” O’Neill said.

 
“The call-out will enable defence and police personnel to work together to maintain order.

 
“There will be zero-tolerance for any further interruptions to law and order, and community safety.

 
“The behaviour we are witnessing by small groups is totally unacceptable and is impacting on the lives of men, women and children in these areas.”

 
O’Neill warned people seeking to cause disruptions that they would be arrested by the disciplined forces and tried for criminal acts.

 
He said the situation was so different to the relative calm experienced during the recent general election in the Highlands.

 
“Throughout the campaigning and voting periods, we saw a big change in attitude in these areas,” O’Neill said.

 
“It is disappointing that towards the end of counting, we are seeing this unruly behaviour. I call on community leaders to work with the disciplined forces, and help to prevent anti-social behaviour in your areas.”

 
The call-out for Hela early this year was to address the issue of illegal guns and tribal fights before the election process began.

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