PM will address fraud claims against ministers

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will make an official announcement on Monday about the steps his government will take to address fraud claims against his two cabinet ministers.

The Parliament sitting for the last two weeks had seen questionable dealings of land payment by the Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) to relocate the PNG Defence Force institutions out of Port Moresby.       

O’Neill said KCH board and management had given him a detailed report on Thursday. 

He also summoned the Department of Defence and other State agencies for full detailed reports before he will make a decision.

“I have scheduled a press conference on Monday to announce what decisions the government will take,” O’Neill told Parliament on Friday.  

This follows claims by the Opposition that the Minister for State Enterprise, William Duma, and Defence Minister Dr Fabian Pok, had defrauded the state of close to K50 million in implementing Government decisions.

However, both ministers, in personal explanations to Parliament this week, claimed the decision to purchase land for relocation was done within the confines of the law and there are paper trails to prove that.

The land in question is Manumanu and Pinu Land in the Kairuku-Hiri electorate of Central Province. 

Charles Yapumi