The National, Friday February 21st, 2014
THE Kurmul tea land is still under dispute as acknowledged in the press statement by Governor William Tongamp.
Why is he still insisting on building Jiwaka provincial headquarters (PHQ) at the mentioned location?
The governor and his tribe were given a lot of pigs and other livestock by the Kurmul people, who are owners of the land identified for the PHQ building.
This must not be tolerated by the people.
Tongamp is wrong when he stated that ‘the issue is now settled’.
There are many issues not yet settled, including the Jiwaka transitional authority’s decision which was made after consulting with the people to build Jiwaka PHQ in the Banz-Kudjip area in July 2010.
Kurmul tea land is under dispute and Tongamp’s PHQ proposal is madness.
There is no government in the vicinity to accommodate any expansion and therefore, it is costly to purchase traditional land.
An impact project such as the PHQ is being decided by the governor without any consultation.
He may have the political mandate but must not underestimate the people’s power.
I urge the people to challenge the governor’s behaviour.
This is political dictatorship and promoting personal political interests.
Show that you are educated, have sense of good judgement and do not wish to create hardships for the people, have the strength to admit mistakes and consent to the decision to establish Jiwaka PHQ in Banz-Kudjip area.
You will secure a lot of goodwill and gain political mileage from your people.