K80m diverted fraudulently in land purchase: Opposition

The Opposition has claimed that K80 million was diverted fraudulently to purchase land to relocate PNG Defence Force institutions out from Port Moresby.

People Progress Party leader and Kavieng MP, Ben Micah, in Parliament during Question Time on Friday, asked Defence Minister Dr Fabian Pok to come clean on the dealings of his department.

However, the Minister was absent from Friday’s session, which led to the questions being directed to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Micah claims there had been a conflict of interest in all decisions of land acquisition because the PNGDF secretary is the biological brother of the minister’s wife, and the companies where the portion of land was bought from are all connected to the Minister of Defence and State Owned Enterprise Minister William Duma.

He also asked if the PNGDF secretary had been referred to the Police Commissioner for investigation for abuse of office and also misappropriation of public funds.

Micah alleged that the 9 senior managers in the Department of Defence were suspended by the secretary for revealing his questionable conduct.

Prime Minister, in response, said he will direct the government departments and state agencies involved to furnish him a report for him to respond to the questions.  

(File picture of Ben Micah) 

Charles Yapumi