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30 July 2013


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Elizabeth Geita

Tim Geita Lothian. Under what evidence do you have to disrespect my father Iava Geita. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing false information with no proof of evidence to the public to read.

My name is Elizabeth Geita. I am Iava Geita's first child. Our whole family and clan including your mother witnessed your grandfather Madi Geita signing his possession and rights over to Iava Geita to take care of the land issues.

Your family has nothing to show because your very own first cousins sold all Madi Geita land without for personal entertainments and greed. Now you are part of it too because you eat and drink from the money they get from selling the little bit of Madi Geita family land at Taurama Valley.

I wish to clear my dad's name here. Over a period of time, Madi Geita family would sell land and whenever they get into trouble they came crying to my dad to help them clear their names.

The truth is customary land is not for sale and cannot be subdivided to sell. Customary land can only be leased. Tim and his cousins have been trying to get power and leadership that their grandfather passed down to my father in the eyes of the clan, families and leaders of Kirakira village.

Tim's grandfather saw the greed in his own children & grandchildren's eyes and what they could do to his legacy. Tim's grandfather Madi Geita is tossing and turning in his grave in shame because of what his children and grandchildren have done to Madi Geita land. The rest of the Geita family land has not being sold.

Now Madi Geita children have come back to the village because they have no land to build their houses for their children and children's children. They leave in shame because of their actions.

My father is the reason why we still have the rest of the land left. Babani Maraga is a joke as we all know. Self promoted and self claimed name using his position at the government to claim land that doesn't belong to him. But Tim, I am not impressed with you. It's a shame you never mentioned Taurama Valley how you families sold all that land. Without proper papers and proper approvals.

My only advice is that my dad can only say one word and all those houses will be bulldozed down meaning every penny taken by your family is to be given back to the innocents who bought land blind eyed. You my big bro will have to find money to reimburse all those settlers at Taurama Valley because you also participated in eating and drinking that unauthorised land sales money.

Next time don't go spreading rumours without finding the truth. Next time you wanna degrade my father I suggest you start by telling the truth about the illegal deals and unauthorised land issues your family created. Start by talking about the damages your family created. Then finish the paragraphs on how my father keeps digging your family out of the mess they get themselves into.

Next time find out the truth before publishing false information to mislead the public. Thank you.

Tony Askul

"Publish What You Earn" is more like it. Now the governments, unions and people will know how much the extractives make, and how much they pay, and how much the CEOs earn.

Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin

Mr Lothian, I am just a pleb seeing a problem and flagging it, assuming that true dignified leaders and duty bearers will do the right things so everyone move forward together using the resources we have.

I am hoping for a national hero to come forward and redistribute what has been hoarded by a few faceless people with the masses and downtrodden.

Yep, only through the criminal justice system and by patching up loopholes in the laws and policies.

Francis Sina Nii

Good, Sil and Martyn. We should all continue to carry out awareness and educate our people not only on internet and print media but at every possible opportunity to educate our ignorant populace of all these evils that are eating into our economy and sustenance.

The more they become aware of what is happening around them, they will become agents of change.

There will a come a time when the masses will rise up and say enough is enough and that time is not far off. Keep planting the seed.

Leonard Roka

We hate being radical for the betterment of the people and that is why nothing will change for the good of the people.

There is no hope for the good under the bigger PNG but with further draw-down of state functions to regional blocks as states or provinces gaining for autonomous, there is hope.

Tingting tasol.

Martyn Namorong

I wrote about this issue earlier this year. I don't think the EITI will sort things out. The issue is about how wealth is being channeled to a few elite at the local, provincial and national level.

Predatory elite the problem, Namorong tells Canberra

PAPUA NEW GUINEA’s failure to capitalise on its natural resource boom has been described by award winning blogger Martyn Namorong as the curse of the rent seekers.

Namorong highlighted this today when he presented a paper at the Australian National University in Canberra stressing that corrupt behaviour has resulted in many lost opportunities for PNG.

Namorong was critical of the way those entrusted with the nation’s wealth have not created opportunities for the participation of broader society in the resource boom.

“If you look at the system we have in place,” he said, “the wealth of a nation of six million is controlled by a few powerful individuals and entities.

“In theory these parties are supposed to distribute the wealth equitably but that has not been the case.”

Namorong said that what transpired was the creation of a predatory elite class who capitalise on the general population’s apathy and ignorance to squeeze out the nation’s resource rent.

“This predatory elite does not just exist in Waigani but also in the provinces where natural resources are being exploited,” he said.

Namorong suggested that the way out of the curse of the rent seekers was for broader economic development, particularly focussing on empowering the rural majority through smallholder agriculture.

Tim Lothian

My name is Tim Lothian. I was born in Port Moresby and grew up in Kira Kira village. My grandfather was Madi Geita and I am the first born grandson (my birth name is Tamarua Timlock Geita) and I’m known as "Timlock".

I am writing this as I’m concerned for my Motu Koitabu clan to see if there is a way you can guide or help me in some way.

My uncle Mika Madi should be controlling the land but he is incapable to do so hence others are taking advantage of the situation, my uncles Yava Geita and Babani Maraga.

Yava Geita has sold more of Boroko with the help of some of my cousins and will keep doing if no one stops them. The courts are much too slow.

I was in POM three times last year trying to get evidence that the government still owes rent, royalties and compensation to my clan and on one occasion I had to speak for my uncle Mika in court because he wasn’t there.

I also attended the PNG National Urban Land Forum held in Waigani on 22-23 October 2012 where Babani Maragi of the same clan who was the main speaker.

He said, I believe falsely, that he was the first born of my grandfather and he wouldn’t let me speak when I put my hand up. I would’ve got kicked out if I spoke up but I needed to learn more so stayed patient for that time.

If you understand, sir, I’m very concerned and at wits end of what to do now as my funding isn’t enough to do what I need to do to follow my course.

I do not want to give up on this urgent matter of helping my clan but don’t know what other steps to take. Please can you help in some way.

Thank you so much for reading this.

If you need to contact me, my phone number is 0404 900 789 or +61 4090 0789.

Tony Flynn

Absolutely spot on. The people who ran Hitler's propaganda machine live on in spirit in PNG.

I have fond memories of spending a 1960's Christmas period at Mailu in Aruai's house in the village. They had been relocated by a Kiap from their traditional area to a sandspit backed by a swamp.

Gardening for them was a canoe trip and a walk. They were one of the greatest sea faring people of PNG.

A Kiap Fitz*** told me that he saw them out near the Carterets; the double canoe was longer than the government workboat. They just came out for a look!

I saw the end of a small canoe; it was higher than a table.

That people with such a great tradition should be brought so low. Brought low by some of our respected leaders who cannot be named, at least by me.

Resource owners table marketeers bring trouble to most towns of PNG. People forget that they were not always there; they were facilitated by the Informal Business Act promoted by Lady Kidu.

A classic case of the operation of the Law of Unintended Consequences!

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