Both the landowner companies involved and the developers have no legal permit whatsoever to enter the area to undertake logging and agro-forestry projects but using bogus licenses and land leases issued by lands department they were able to go in despite we telling them that, portions of land they claim to hold title for have been cancelled by the lands department following a court case.
We also reminded them of contempt of court following Judge Sakora's ruling in 2002 for the same area.
The community put up taboo signs out in the sea, on the shoreline / beaches stopping these people from landing their trucks and bulldozers but they just ignored them and pushed their way through including destroying their gardens in the process of constructing their logging tracks leading up to their campsite at the foot of Mount Victory.
Police, community and NGO's went on investigation following news from the affected communities and confirmed the situation and took the pictures. The community told the company and the police that, they have exhausted all avenues of reasonable ways of dealing with this continuing invasion of their privacy and the next time will be, different.
The police were supposed to arrest all those involved with the landing of the equipment and take them to Popondetta for question and laying charges but for reasons only known to them, they changed their minds and flew them back to Port Moresby on RH plane on the understanding that, they were to pick up their passports and other details for use in the police interview. since their arriving in POM we have not been able to make contact with them including with the police man who accompanied them as he had put his mobile off making contact very difficult. A Wong who is claimed to be the principle behind all these illegal deals and landing the equipment, slipped out to Brisbane.
Interestingly, the company had been successful in sending some sort of police or guards who are claimed to be well equipped over to Wanigela, to keep watch over the impounded equipment.
it is not clear if the equipments have been duly registered with Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited or if the foreign employers have work visa or cleared by Labour and employment, or if customs has given the clearance for the importing of the equipments, or if the PNG Ports Limited has granted approval for landing the barge / pontoon at Wanigela.They definitely had no licenses for the guns, at least from what we have heard.
As if what they did so far is not enough, they have now taken representatives of the Collingwood Bay communities to court for what they claim to be, abuse, humiliation of some sort. The case filed was done exparte and we are now trying to reach the affected clans and individuals in Wanigela to let them know what it means, and what they need to do.
It is important to note:
LOGGING COMPANIES THESE DAYS HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE LAWS OF THIS LAND AND WILL USE FORCE OF ALL SORTS TO GET WHAT THEY WANT EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO BULLDOZE PEOPLES' TRADITIONAL TABOOS AND GARDENS, SO, WATCH OUT!!! WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO CARE IF THE LAWS OF THIS LAND ARE BROKEN NOR DOES IT CARE IF THE PEOPLES RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED. SADLY, THAT IS, HOW WE SURVIVE OR FARE IN FIGHTING SUCH WARS OF GREED AND DESTRUCTION, HOWEVER DISADVANTAGED WE MAY BE IN EVERY WAY, IS OUR OWN BUSINESS THESE DAYS - SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!