Evicted on Xmas eve

The welcoming of Christmas Day could not get any worse for two families in Port Moresby after they were evicted from their homes on the eve of Christ’s birthday.

Lucy Agen and Cecilia Sam, along with their families, were allegedly forcefully removed by police yesterday from the two flats they had lived in for more than 30 years.

While many residents are celebrating in the comfort of their homes, the families currently sit outside the fence of what was home until yesterday, where fully armed police officers arrived in a convoy of vehicles and allegedly evicted them.

The units in question are currently the subject of a court dispute between the tenants and the owner of an Asian shop, who is alleged to have acted illegally in obtaining the title.

Lucy Agen said after numerous attempts to have the titles properly transferred to them, they were rejected by the National Housing Corporation (NHC).

They were however, surprised when the Asian shop owner issued them an eviction notice claiming he had the legitimate title.

Agen says currently there is a National Court order stopping any eviction until the matter returns to court on February 8th 2018.

However, the eviction carried out yesterday was done using a district court order allegedly under the order of the NCD police hierarchy.

Last week Housing Minister, John Kaupa, said there should not be any evictions carried out.

Meanwhile, NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, will be hosting a media conference tomorrow where he will be address the issue.

Agen says they will remain outside the flats as they have nowhere else to go.

Cedric Patjole
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