Allan describes Tkatchenko as ‘media obsessed person’

Two Cabinet Ministers verbally attacked each other during question time in Parliament today.

Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Benny Allan, when answering questions from Anglimp South Waghi MP Joe Koim, described the Minister for Sports and Culture, Justin Tkatchenko, as a media obsessed person.   

“Spots Minista i save go lo midia na bagrapim planti mahn,” (Sports Minister likes speaking to the media and has spoilt the image of many people), Allan said.

Tkatchenko, who was sitting right behind Allan, angrily shouted down his colleague minister.

All this started from Koim’s questions about land that could be used as collateral to get loans from commercial banks.

The lands minister replied that State land, issued with legal land titles from the Lands Department, can be used as security by the owner of the title to get loans in the country from banks.

Allan then gave an example of the land at Koki which Tkatchenko, as the Moresby South MP, had funded to develop into a market.

The land where the market is built is now before the Courts.

“The title issued to the Anglimp South Waghi MP is legal and issued before he became an MP,” Allan said before pointing out Tkatchenko.

Parliament has been adjourned to 10am tomorrow. 

Charles Yapumi