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360 days and PM claims government has cancelled the SABLs

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Govt cancels SABLs, amends law

By Isaac Nicholas,  Post Courier

THE Government has cancelled all Special Agriculture and Business Leases (SABLs) obtained illegally, and will abolish provisions of the Land Act which allows for SABLs to be granted.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced the National Executive Decision yesterday, said that about 77 SABL’s in total as recommended in the Commission of Inquiry report are to be revoked.

He said the government move is not to block genuine investments in the country but forge right partnerships between the investors, government and landowners.

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders,”

The canceling of SABLs and repealing of the Land Act are part of a number of decisive steps which Cabinet approved this week to be taken to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the SABLs.

The Prime Minister said Cabinet decided to; cancel all SABLs obtained illegally which the COI recommended to be revoked; repeal provisions of the Land Act which allows for SABLs to be issued; direct the Department of Lands and Physical Planning not to process any more SABL; ensure all SABLs which were not assessed by the COI to be reviewed by the Ministerial Committee; and set up a team to fully implement the COI recommendations and the NEC decision.

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people,” the Prime Minister said.

The COI into SABLs was established by the then Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal MP in July 2011.


  1. Information needed
    June 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Someone tell us:
    (1) How many SABLs are there in total?
    (2) What about the SABLs that were supposed to be investigated under the COI but were not because of the slackard 3rd commissioner. What is their status?
    (3) What about the RH SABL at Pomio?
    (4) What about corrupt Beldon Namah’s SABL in Vanimo-Green?

  2. Barbara Short
    June 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Do you have any information on the SABL involved with the Yangoru/Saussia proposed Oil Palm Scheme? Was it legal or illegal? Has Wilmar been given the right to take over 90 000 hectares of village-owned land and turn it into an oil palm plantation?

  1. June 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  2. July 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

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