Pundari: Abide by law or be sacked

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The National, Friday, 27th May 2011

Mining companies operating in the country must follow the laws and processes or have their mining leases revoked, Minister John Pundari warned in parliament yesterday.
Pundari sounded the warning after putting Simberi Gold mining company on notice for breach of the memorandum of agreement between the state, landowners and the company.
“Companies that consistently and persistently undermine the laws and lawful process of our country stand a very good chance of losing their mining lease or leases revoked.
“We have to be very careful when dealing with landowner issues. We are not going to be dictated to by their money bags,” Pundari said.