Landowners of the Rennell proposed bauxite mining site are calling on the government to deal with the mining issue honestly and act on laws appropriately.
Jonathan Tohuika, Chairperson for the West Rennell Landowners Association said the growing controversial issues and decisions over the mining saga has not gone down well with landowners.
“We only see more non common sense act outside of the laws of the country,” he said.
He said the Attorney Generals Chamber; the highest legal office of the government is not consistent with its advices.
“The cabinet likewise is making a laughing stoke of itself with its decisions. But we do understand some individual and political interests are being played here.
“While revelations of issues surrounding the mining saga are being reported, parties to the issue twisted them to suit their own interest.
“We the landowners’ want these issues be sorted out once and for all,” he said.
“The government and mining companies will benefit surely as well as landowners but the long-term impacts will be our problem.
“As such, we want the government to consider our grievances and call that resources is not renewable.
“We the landowners feel this issue should be sorted with due respect without influence from individuals, mining companies or other external influence that will put us landowners in an awkward position.
Mr Tohuika added that a third mining company is making its way into the province.
“We thought there would be mistakes learned but and a better approach taken but we gathered that same practises are being done.
“The Mugava Investment is another pest like APID and PT Bintang Borneo; it’s high time that the government and the ministry responsible step up and uphold the laws of this country.”
He said we have entrusted the government as elected members to make the best judgement for us but instead it’s the opposite.
“Similarly with public servants as crown workers to the government who we believe should advance our interest but our trust is slowly deteriorating.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI