Controversial K3m deal goes to Parliament

The controversial K3 million contract awarded to ‘Yu Yet PNG Ltd’, owned by two foreign nationals, was a topic of discussion at today’s Parliament sitting.

The company was registered in 2015 and was operating in the nation’s capital.

Madang MP Bryan Kramer asked the Minister for Finance, James Marape, to explain and clarify whether the awarding of the contract was legal and according to Section 25 (2) of the IPA Act.

It was a fight among giants as senior politicians tried to prevent first time politician, Bryan Kramer, from talking.

Lands Minister and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko told Kramer that his question was out of order even though Kramer was yet to ask it.

Acting Speaker Jeffery Komal ruled in favour of Minister Tkatchenko but allowed Kramer to continue with his questions.  

“Can the Finance Minister clarify whether such awarding of the contract is legal or illegal.”

In response, Finance Minister Marape said there are various ceiling in the Finance Management Act.

“Can the good MP for Madang do his research into the Finance Management Act rather than going to social media and the media,” was the response.

Kramer further asked Marape for clarification, but was interrupted by NCD Governor Powes Parkop telling Kramer to direct his questions to him.

“The question should be directed to me as the Minister for Finance is incapable of answering such questions.

“Stop politicizing the question and direct it to me,” Parkop told Kramer.

The deal was in relation to a contract allegedly awarded for a yoga program by NCDC.

(Madang MP Bryan Kramer)

Freddy Mou