The National, Wednesday July 18th, 2012
LANDOWNERS want a halt on the proposed demarcation exercise in the Wafi-Golpu area and for the Special Land Titles Commission to resume its work to determine land boundaries before the Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) continues any further work or exploration.
The two associations that represent landowners in the Wafi-Golpu mine area are the Yanta Development Association and Hengabu Landowner Association.
Amos Darius, chairman of the Vunu clan which comes under the Yanta tribe, expressed concern that the demarcation process that was proposed by the Mineral Resources Authority and the Morobe provincial government to be undertaken after the national elections should have been carried out well before mine developer, MMJV, had moved onto the site to begin operations.
“The demarcation process was supposed to be completed before Harmony Gold came into the area. We want the exercise to be stopped and the commission to return and complete its work of determining land titles before any work can be done,” he said.
“The government must take us seriously and start the project because we do not want another Bougainville.”