LOs can form association

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By KARO JESSE
ELECTION for Porgera Landowners Association (PLOA) can now proceed after the court endorsed the remaining six clan agents.
This now confirms full endorsement of the agents of the 25 clans in the new Porgera special mining lease (SML) area.
The election of the six clan agents was previously disputed by aggrieved landowners in court which then saw only 19 clan agents endorsed by the National Court on Sept 15.
However, with the turn of events yesterday at the National Court in Waigani, Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi endorsed the six clan agents through a consented order agreed to by lawyer Jason Cappo – representing the agents of the six clans (plaintiffs) – lawyer Nelson Saroa representing Mineral Resource Authority and Solicitor-General Tauvasa Tanuvasa representing the State.
The consented order agreed to by all parties was filed in a proceedings initiated by all the duly elected clan agents from the six clans – Henry Lara for Tieni Kaimalo clan, John Kulina for Tieni Lakima clan; Nixon Mangape for Tieni Wuape clan; Joe Kale for Tieni Akira; Sole Taro for Tuanda Yapala and Nika Puli for Tuanda Ulupa.
The 25 clan agents validated and endorsed by the court are given seven days to convene executive meetings for endorsing executives of PLOA.
Outside court, Tanuvasa explained to the media that the validation process for the 25 clans within the mining lease area was concluded with endorsement of all 25 clan agents who were at liberty to form their landowner association.
The validation process was ordered by Justice Kandakasi on July 2, which he reverted the landowner identification process to the people to ensure validation and appointment of legitimate leaders from the 25 clans.