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Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 23:40 WIB

Government Is Destroying Us, says Waoha Tribal Chief

Land will be used by PT Nabire Baru - Special Source

Land will be used by PT Nabire Baru - Special Source

Land will be used by PT Nabire Baru - Special Source

Land will be used by PT Nabire Baru – Special Source

Jayapura, Jubi – Waoha Tribal Chief Imanuel Money thought Nabire Local Government was misleading its people through the presence of oil palm company at Sima and Wami villages of Yaur Sub-district.

“The government never considered the Yerisiam Tribe that consisting of 4 sub-tribes namely Waoha, Akaba, Sarakwari and Koroba as the land tenure right owners of Sima Village. Therefore PT Nabire Baru totally ignored and disrespected our rights,” Money told Jubi through text message on Tuesday (3/3/2015).

According to him, although the company didn’t sign the agreement with the landowners, the government was ready to issue the land-use permit.

He further said the government assumed the investors were Yerisiam native by fully supported their investment. Sima villagers are not Nabire origin but they were coming from Jogja and Malaysia.

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“The government didn’t aware that PT Nabire Baru actually dumped us. Both government and company are destroying us. The government didn’t aware that PT Nabire Baru is a capitalist beast that currently invading us. We want the government to be aware and pay attention on it,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Yerisiam figure Robertino Hanebora said Yerisiam and Woaha tribes are strongly rejecting the plan to issue the land use permit to PT Nabire Baru who had cut down their forest at Sima and Wami villages of Yaur Sub-district.

“Anyway the Papua National Land Agency is planning to issue the Land Use Permit to several oil palm companies in Papua, including PT. Nabire Baru. We strongly rejected this plan!” Hanebora told Jubi by phone last week.

According to him, PT Nabire Baru was not deserved to get this permit because it has not settled the conflict with landowners. (Arnold Belau/rom)

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