Disable people want investigation into land deals

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The National, Wednesday 29th August, 2012

LAE parliamentarian and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion Loujaya Toni and Morobe Governor Kelly Naru are being urged to initiate investigations and reclaim state land obtained through dubious deals.
The call from the Association for the Homes of the Disabled Persons in Lae, which said it felt marginalised after their property was sold to a businessman from Southern Highlands in a transaction that had been endorsed by the relevant government agencies.
Spokespersons Danny Neme and Esatu Munahau said they believed the title of their property on allotment 2 and section 111 was given to the developer without their knowledge.
“We call on the new governor and Lae MP as well as Lord Mayor James Khay to seriously look at this matter for disabled people as we have suffered since 2002 in carrying out our programmes to benefit us,” Esatu said.
Neme said they were ready to help any investigation team set up by the leaders and would provide documented
“Former Morobe governor Luther Wenge and the Morobe Disabled Agency were the ones who signed the MoA with the company,” he claimed.”
“But the Morobe Disabled Agency, which entered into the agreement with the company, does not have the title over the land to enable it
to enter into such deals and we, the majority
of the persons with disability, were not consulted as the residents,” Esatu said.
Neme said they had executives elected by the majority of their members and were still operating from the premises, which was not run-down as critics claimed.They claimed people with vested interest in their property conspired with others in an attempt to claim the property.