ENVIRONMENT advocate and President of Lavongai Local Level Government, John Aini, has been charged by Kavieng Police and is on K200 bail for threatening to kill Malaysians involved in logging and to destroy logging company machinery on Lovongai Island.
Mr Aini (pictured) admitted to the charges.
Spokesman for New Hanover Forum, Simon Konkas, said this was a desperate attempt by logging companies and their associates to save face in their battle to continue their destructive practices to acquire land in Lovongai for their selfish motives.
“Our President Mr Aini is not that type of person to go out killing Malaysians and to destroy company machinery, it is totally against his principles," Mr Konkas said.
“What our President is really saying is that logging companies and associates have caused enough deceit and confusion amongst our people and their operation has caused enormous destruction to our land and environment.
“He is simply saying, it is time to pack up and leave our island.
“Our people in Lavongai are not getting the benefits of their resources," Mr Konkas said. "They are being fooled into agreeing to allow their resources to be exploited for the monetary benefits of the people involved and foreign counterparts. This must stop now.
“Our President has been wrongly accused by logging companies and associates for doing the right thing - standing by his people. He is doing what is morally right for his people and their land.
“This is a fight he has been fighting over the years,” Mr Konkas said.
“We are now united and solid and will continue to fight with him, the injustice to our people and environment. We are determined and will win back our land for our people.”