15 May 2012

PNG's only female MP has concerns about new development in capital

4:32 am on 15 May 2012

Papua New Guinea's only woman MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says a company behind a huge development that saw hundreds of settlers in her Port Moresby electorate made homeless at the weekend, does not have a valid title to the land.

Developers, supported by armed police, tore down houses at the Paga Settlement on Saturday.

Dame Carol, who went to help the settlers, was manhandled by police, and says some of the settlers were beaten before a stay order forced the developers to stop work.

She says part of the land is in a national park and parts have historical significance, but the company has acquired it fraudulently.

"I don't believe that this company should be getting multi billion kina land. We are not talking about any land. This is absolutely multi billion kina land. It was not even tendered. They have not paid a toea for it. They have not even paid the outstanding land rents. So there are so many issues, and as far as I am concerned - I am all for development - but not the way this is being done."

Dame Carol Kidu.