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Manasupe-zurenuocPNG EXPOSED

Govt frustrated at efforts to stop abuse of SABLs (The National) – THE government says it has been frustrated in its efforts to stop the abuse of special agriculture and business leases by court challenges. Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc said in a statement: “It is widely known that vast amounts of pristine forest have been logged to enrich a corrupt few people, while landowners have unknowingly lost their most valuable asset – their land”

THE Papua New Guinea government’s chief secretary, Manasupe Zurenuoc, has started issuing contradictory statements as he becomes increasingly desperate in his attempts to justify the inaction over the SABL land grab.

On Monday the chief secretary said NGOs were unreasonable in their demands and the government hadn’t been able to act for 28 months because new legislation is necessary to cancel the unlawful leases.

But yesterday [Tuesday] he said the only option available to the state is to take the matter to court.

Which is it, Zurenuoc, legislation or court action that is needed to cancel the leases?

And more to the point, why has the government done neither?

The truth is that after 28 months sitting on the Commission of Inquiry findings the government has failed to challenge a single unlawful SABL through the courts and it has not made any attempt to change the law..

At least the chief secretary has got one thing right:

“It is widely known that vast amounts of pristine forest have been logged to enrich a corrupt few people, while landowners have unknowingly lost their most valuable asset – their land”.

What the chief secretary forgot to add was that it is the government, through the PNG Forest Authority that has been annually renewing the Forest Clearance Authorities allowing the logging to continue.

If you really want to stop the logging, simply stop issuing the FCAs!

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