Settlers properties destroyed during eviction 2011
The Mabanob and the Masuba Clan have proclaimed victory in their fight to reclaim their land from the contentious extractive PMIZ industrial project. The Milinat Plantation in Kananam was a contentious issue among various tribal groups as the land was illegal acquired by one local corrupts individual and equally corrupt, power-hungry politicians. Local people in that area have been facing a difficult time trying to get their stolen land back. The land had illegally been transferred to one particular person – and his company Savalon Security that provides security for outstanding involved in the land theft in the area.
The National Court in Madang granted favor to the landowners within the disputed project area. The Court through the resident Judge Cannings ordered the Lands and Physical Planning and Registrar of titles to ensure that landowners of Milinch of Krangket Fourmill in Madang get their land titles returned.
The court’s decision issued on Friday October 13th 2017, ruled that land portions 1216, 1217, 1057, 1059, 1060, and 1061 on the Milinch of Krangket will be forfeited to the state and given back to the genuine landowners. Also the court ordered the Lands and Physical Planning and the Registrar of titles to take all necessary steps to make sure that the earlier order is effective for the transfer all titles back to the state to be made available to the rightful landowners.
The court also sternly declared that the local thug and his company Savalon Security Limited compensate all fourteen (14) plaintiffs K3000 – a total of K42,000 - for total damage caused to properties and lives. He has been given two (2) months to complete the payments.
People residing or thinking they have bought land and settled in these portions of land must vacate the land as per the court decision.
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