A MAJOR land dispute involving Rachel Marape, wife of Prime Minister James Marape, and a Motu Koitabu family may soon be the subject of a court debacle specically over the land title. Businesswoman Beatrice Geita took to social media last week “crucifying” Mrs Marape for allegedly obtaining a land title on top of their title for a small area behind the bike track, they built few houses and a liquor shop from their family portion of land outside of Port Moresby city in the Central province. The land is almost 10 hectares which Geita told Post-Courier they have owned for more than 10 years, but last week, another group PNG Steak House, came and built a fence over the perimeters of the land for a business set up, which sparked anger. Geita alleged: “During the SoE period we were operating in the city with a skeleton crew to keep things going as Central province was on lock down. They have obtained a title on top of our title for a small area behind the bike track, they built few houses and a liquor shop. During the SoE lock down, no one was present at our oce just the day guards, these people decided to turn up and put a fence right where our fuel pump is and atten the whole bike track. This was all done while we were all fast asleep, they worked at night. She further wrote: “The thief comes in the night to steal, kill and destroy John 10:10” as stated in the bible, if they were genuine why build a fence in the night, if they were genuine, why not approach us and say, move out it’s our land, serve us documents stating it’s yours rst before you erect a fence, this is stealing, we gave them a stop order notice from the police, they stopped for a while and now turned up with the PM Marape’s wife to continue fencing. Yes, our sta said, they saw her there standing while her boys continued fencing during the day.” Geita said yesterday they also had an encounter with Police who arrived at the scene and claimed they were protecting the property belonging to Mrs Marape and that her party should speak with her and team. “As we drove into the oce we ran into SDD Police. We approached them and asked why they were on our property, they said, they were here protecting the people fencing the property, providing security,” she said. But Mrs Marape refuted he reports on social media posted by Geita that she and her associates are land grabbing from traditional land owners in the 15 mile area in Central province. “This land under dispute is a State Land that the Lands Department advertised on 22nd May 2013 for applicants and my company with others applied and through a lengthy process was eventually issued a title on 22nd July 2016. “Lease conditions need to be fullled, one of which is to develop the land within ve years hence the urgency to work on the land. I apologise if Ms Geita feels her rights are oended but Facebook or newspapers is not the place to argue, she could have gone to the lands department to nd out what’s happening or better still ask us. “I am not silly to bring my family name into disrepute and we have a proper state lease, but incase boundaries overlay with her title (if she has it), I am willing to talk to the sister, and again I apologize for causing stress to her family.” Mrs Marape says.
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