In Port Moresby nowadays and I guess over the past 10 years or so, land-grabbing in the capital and surrounds has become almost commonplace and one expects it to happen! Whatever resistance there is is quite low-key or has become academic and am not sure this is a good thing for those who now own land.
With this is mind one tends to look out for the most weird and strange places around Port Moresby where once bush or kunai-grass covered hills are now populated with houses of various colors and sizes for people who are not necessarily local landowners.
Last week for the first time I spotted this house on top of the hill directly opposite the airport. I must admit even now I am still wondering who owns that house, who is the lucky one – king of the mountain or land-grabber or squatter or what? Oh yes, and whether it’s in the flight path of aircraft coming in to land at Jacksons Airport.
I don’t normally express political views publicly but there’s always a first time. I am concerned about the generations to come of the Motu-Koitabu people who own the land on which most of the city of Port Moresby is built on and expanding at a faster rate. Some of this expansion is kind of unwelcomed although the concept of city expansion is inevitable with population growth as well as business and industry growth.
The house could be legit! But the thoughts of land-grabbing are ever present.
What would happen if land-grabbing continues relentlessly and recklessly. A number of prominent Motu-Koitabu people are talking about it now and are quietly resisting, so what are the strategies out there to urgently stem this scary tide of land-grabbers. Motu-Koitabu friends please do something now before you become totally disenfranchised and invisible spectators in your own backyard. There I’ve said it.