28 Apr 2011

Landowners' dispute disrupts PNG capital water supply

3:35 pm on 28 April 2011

A dispute over a murder has led to severe power and water cuts in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.

Taps have run dry after Koiari landowners shut down services as part of a campaign to demand compensation from the government.

The landowners, who are angry about the murder of a Koiari man two weeks ago in Port Moresby, are demanding more than half a milion US dollars in compensation for the man's death and the attempted murder of another man in 2000.

The landowners, who claim ownership of the river that feeds the Sirinumu dam and the Rouna Hydro power station, also want the government to remove settlers from their land, who they say have harassed them.

The acting prime minister Sam Abal has condemned the Koiaris' action as illegal.