Settlers

Settlers’ houses torched following local’s death

Youths from Butibam village have set more than 5 houses at Bumbu alight following the death of their wantok, allegedly at the hands of settlers.

According to reports on ground, the young man from Butibam had just returned from a night out and accompanied by his friend, were waiting for a shop at 8th Street to open so they could get something to eat. This was around 6-7am on Saturday, September 8th.

Settlers gather outside stadium for NCD launch

To be officially launched by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, the settlers this morning walked from Eight-Mile to the stadium to witness the event.

Andy Waribi, a leader from the Eight-Mile settlement, said this is a special day as they will be given land titles and have decent lives.

"We have many professional people in the settlement and such initiative by NCD Governor Powes Parkop is a blessing to our people."

He also acknowledged the effort of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for recognising the people at the settlement and giving them land titles.

Settlers left in shock

Apparently Fletcher Morobe had won a 10 year court battle over this piece of land, and the physical removal of permanent to semi-permanent structures, was a result of the non-adherence to a number of eviction notices issued to the community.

A lone bulldozer took down homes belonging to three generations of settlers.

Police were there to supervise; some settlers stood by and watched, others made it there business to take down their houses in an orderly fashion.

Settler dies during alleged forced Madang eviction

This was a spill over from the protest by locals over being bullied in their own land.

The deceased, who was quite sick at that time, tried to escape when he heard police gunshots, but fell down a steep slope and died instantly.

They said on April 9 police came into the settlement, ordering everyone to pack up and get ready to board PMVs that would take them to their province of origin, mostly in the highlands region.

Yama discourages removal of settlers

He said not all settlers are involved in creating law and order problems in the province.

Yama made the statement following the decapitation of a teacher from Ialibu, Southern Highlands Province, on April 3, which caused a series of confrontations, including protests against squatters and opportunists.

The Madang Governor is against making rushed decisions that will affect the province in the future.

Morata settlers’ appeal fixed for hearing

Filed in the Supreme Court by the Morata New Block Community and Welfare Association on 30 November 2016, the appeal was supposed to be heard in October last year.

The trial did not eventuate but has now been set for February 14, 2018.  

Chairman of the Morata New Block Community and Welfare Association, Romny Tengere, went before the Waigani National Court today with an urgent application.

He was trying to ask the court to vary the blanket stay order that was issued early last year against the eviction of other settlers, who are not parties to the case.

Moresby North East candidate supports grassroots

Saraga says he’s standing in the elections for the grassroots and the people living in the settlements.

The 40 year old from a mix parentage of Gaire, Koiari and Kairuku was born and raised in the settlement at Six Mile where he currently resides.

He is self-employed and struggles like other settlers to look after his family.

Saraga said after going through these struggles with no assistance from the Government to provide basic services like water and electricity, he decided to stand for the elections to help the settlers.

Polye to push for settlers' relocation

Polye said he will be writing to NCD governor, Powes Parkop and Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill to have an alternative plan to help resettle the displaced residents.

Polye, who visited the displaced residents at Morata said he is saddened to see citizens of this nation mistreated in the name of development.

He said any developer must resettle the settlers before developing the land.

“Basic human rights have been abused, displacing mothers and children in the name of development,”

Juffa backs eviction on illegal settlers

Juffa said whilst the move by the Police was unpopular with settlement dwellers, it has been widely supported by most citizens of Oro due to the settlements unsightly appearance creating filth and posing health risks to the citizens as well as a crime hub where petty crimes were growing.

“Many citizens of Oro travelling into Popondetta complained of pickpocketing, assault, drunkard behavior and the sale of marijuana and illicit alcohol and illegal gambling which had also recently started and the activities were becoming an eyesore to the peace loving citizens of Oro.