The National, Thursday 17th November 2011
A CLAN in the Wafi area in Bulolo says funding arrangements for the Wafi-Golpu project should be channelled to the landowner clans instead of the Yanta-Hengabu landowners association.
The Vunu clan claims that the Yanta and Hengabu tribes formed the association to represent all the landowners.
And it is not the right body to represent them as it was formed to fight for their compensation on environment damages.
The Vunu clan which is under the Yanta tribe said the association was not formed to represent them as landowners.
“Clans make up the tribe, and the two tribes make up the association, so we are concerned about this association representing us in all financial aspects and dealing regarding the Wafi-Golpu project and the landowners,” Vunu clan spokesman Amos Darius said.
He said his clan’s arguments was based on a joint 1992 social mapping report by the University of Papua New Guinea and Australian National University.
The report says that Mapulu, Ngewima and Vunu clans of Yanta tribe, and Heambe, Vemago and Mapulu clans of Hengabu tribe are the principal landowner groups-and not the tribes which own the land, he said.