There have been many NGOs and bloggers calling for Revolution and Change. I prefer the word Revolution. It is the removal of one set of legal rules to be replaced by another set of legal rules. That needs to happen.
Post Courier’s Grace Tiden reports that in order for the people of Memalo Integrated Project area in West Pomio, they will have to compensate the exploiter company ‘roughly K10 Billion Kina’ to take back the land that has been since time immemorial, theirs. The report states:
“Commissioner Jerewai explained the agreement to the landowners and told them that their land was sub-leased for 60 years and cash crops that would be grown on their land, including facilities built on their land would belong to the company.
He said after 60 years, Gilford had the option to extend the agreement for another 30 years.
However, he told the two women that if they decided to get back their land and break the agreement, they would have to compensate the developer.
They would have to pay the cost of the township that was built by the developer, the cost of every oil palm plant on their land, the water supply, electricity, roads and any other developments brought about by Gilford.
Commissioner Jerewai further said they (landowners) would also pay Gilford all the profits the company expected to earn in the remaining years.
“By rough estimates, this would cost K10 billion,” he said.”
That’s the law. That’s Bullshit.
If there’s a time to radically alter the laws, the time is now. How long must we sing this song?