The National- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
By PISAI GUMAR
THE Bulolo district administration is aware of the involvement of government officers and the public in the illegal mining at Kapiro in Wau but is awaiting an official complaint from the customary landowners.
Bulolo district acting administrator Tai Gwambelek said he was aware of the allegations against police officers
Many government officers were alleged to be involved an alluvial gold rush on a site being explored by Morobe Mining Joint Venture.
Gwambelek said he had heard the gold rush at Kapiro “has been a concern”.
He added it was “hot news on the streets of Wau town”.
Gwambelek said he was surprised to see officers from Morobe provincial lands division in Wau carrying out investigations into the Kapiro land to verify its status “whether it was state or customary”.
Meanwhile, Bulolo MP Sam Basil said he had received complaints from the landowners and would visit the Niuminco mine site and Kapiro gold rush site to try to establish the truth.