The Union of Watut River Communities (UoWRC) has postponed its initial decision to stage the Watut River Forum in Lae on Friday, 25th March, 2011.
This decision was done after Morobe political leaders including Governor Luther Wenge and Minister for Health and HIV AIDS Hon Sasa Zibe had sattle there differences with the Bulolo MP Hon Sam Basil during the last Tutumang. In that meeting, Hon Sasa Zibe had mention that he has instructed Wampar LLG President Mr. Peter Namus to withdrew all Wampar Councilors out of the court battle against Hidden Valley Joint Venture (HVJV) for environmental damage. In respond, Mr Basil agrees to remove all Lower Watut plaintiffs out of the court proceedings and advice them to seek their political leaders for assistance. However, Mr Basil says the current court proceedings was the mine to be more responsible and to compensate the villages along watut river who have been impacted due to its mine waist being dumped since construction and site casting practices from 2005 till late 2009.
UoWRC executives have agree to stage the forum early next month to get views and responds from its members within the Huon Gulf Electorate and also to will invite M.P, Government officials and company executives to attend and listen to their concerns.