Politician-owned firm wants 8-mile settlers evicted

Photo Caption: Ports 2221 Development Association Inc chairman Steven Gideon (center) with executives Willie Kaiano (left) and Gena Monda holding the copy of the eviction letter.

A company with links to a politician from Southern Highlands has issued a 21-day eviction notice to more than 3,500 residents of a proposed suburb in Port Moresby.

The proposed eviction at 8-Mile in Moresby North East would also affect about 300 public servants and private sector employees, 1,000 school children, two (2) schools and five (5) Christian churches.

Just three (3) weeks after the launching of ‘NCD Settlement to Suburb Programme’ initiated by NCD Governor Powes Parkop, Moresby South MP & Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko and Moresby North East MP & Housing & Urbanisation Minister John Kaupa, Nett Holding Limited has issued an eviction notice to settlers living at Portion 2221 at 8-Mile, NCD.

The eviction exercise would affect the urbanisation programme initiated and spearheaded by Governor Parkop and Ministers Tkatchenko and Kaupa, who plan to develop all settlements in NCD into modern suburbs with basic amenities such as water supply, sewerage system, waste management system, roads and electricity supply.

During the launch of the programme on 31st July 2018 at Sir John Guise Stadium attended by tens of thousand settlers including those of Portion 2221, Governor Parkop promised to give them legal land titles over their piece of land.

Minster Tkatchenko also promised them to conduct a proper survey, rezone the land and allot the block of lands to the settlers with proper land titles to be eventually offered to block holders.

This ambitious programme is at dilemma when Nett Holding Ltd, a company purportedly owned by Imbonggu MP & Minister for Higher Education, Science, Research & Technology, Pila Niningi, has separate plans to develop the land as the company claims to be the lease holder of Portion 2221.

Portion 2221 covers about 100 hactres of prime land, containing all the settled land within 8-Mile’s second block to last block and covers the Kennedy Estate. It also includes whole of Morate 2 and 3, Morata Power Station, back of Royal Port Moresby Gold Club and stops at former Parliament Speaker late Jeffery Nape’s North Waigani estate. Whole of Wild Life area also falls under Portion 2221.

IPA records reveal that directors of Nett Holdings are Maurice Nakuma Hannett, Jeffrey Dean Kennedy and Pila Niningi.

Jeffrey Dean Kennedy is the Managing Director of Century 21 Siule Real Estate and consulting lawyer to Jema Lawyers.

Jema Lawyers, acting for Nett Holdings Ltd, had served the written Eviction Notice to the settlers on Monday 13th August 2018 at 2pm. The Eviction Notice dated 26th July 2018 was signed by managing partner of Jema Lawyers, McRonald Nale and it was copied to the Metropolitan Superintendent of NCD, Donald Yamasombi.

Chairman of Ports 2221 Development Association Inc, Steven Gideon, said the settlers have resided there for about three (3) generations and they have no plans to be relocated elsewhere.

“We are now planning to rebuild our old houses, erect permanent structures as part of the NCD urbanisation programme. Governor Parkop and Ministers Tkatchenko and Kaupa have already given us the assurance to offer us land titles.

Ports 2221 Development Association Inc is registered community association of Portion 2221 settlers that was set up to liaise with NCD Governor and roll out the ‘Settlement to Suburb Programme’.

The Eviction Letter reads in part: “Nett Holding Ltd at all material time is the registered proprietor and is entitled to vacant possession of the following properties…and demands that you vacate and give vacant possession of these lands within 21 days…”

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