Merauke, 20/3 (Jubi) – About 100 houses occupied by Mappy and Asmat communities in Mandala, Merauke regency, are not fit to live in.
“In fact, they built houses on other people’s land,” Mandala sub-dustrict head, Arnoldus Rudolf told tabloidjubi.com in Bela Fiesta, Merauke on Thursday (20/3).
Rudolf said this matter has been conveyed directly to the regent of Merauke, Romanus Mbaraka and now the local government is still looking for a suitable site to build houses for the communities.
“Yes, they have been living on other people’s land and it become a problem as it is not their property. So we should find a new place and build houses for them,” he added.
“We will continue to build communication with the people of the two locations. So if one day the land has been prepared, they can be relocated,” he said.
He also said there was also a proposal for the government to fund for Papuan women traders who do not have starting capital.
Jakobus Tunai, the head of the Merauke Development Planning Agency, said the government was giving a greater opportunity to every town and village to propose a variety of programs. (Jubi / Frans L Kobun/ Tina)