Kairuku Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo

Manumanu land files were with former secretary: Minister

Minster for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko, said this after he was questioned by Kairuku-Hiri MP, Peter Isoaimo.

Isoaimo asked Minister Tkatchenko on what was being done to find the missing files and when the Commission of Inquiry would be ready.

“What is his Department going to do about this, and when is the administrative Commission of Inquiry going to be concluded and its findings be made known to the people of Kairuku-Hiri and Papua New Guinea?”

Landowners of Manumanu will not be evicted: O’Neill

The private purchase of the land valued at K46.6 million by Kumul Consolidated Holdings behalf of the State on a the company in question with links to a senior cabinet minister had been the hot question in the second week of Parliament sitting.

O’Neill said he had received a detailed report of the acquisition and payment of the land to relocate PNGDF Naval base, Murray and Taurama Barracks out of Port Moresby, and will give a detailed report after going through the report.     

Close to K50 million paid to acquire new Defence Force base land

This followed a Question without Notice from Sumkar MP, Ken Fairweather directed to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to confirm that K46. 6 million was paid by Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) to acquire the land in Kairuku–Hiri District of Central Province.

O’Neill in response asked Deputy Speaker John Simon’s blessing for State Enterprise Minister William Duma to answer the question.

“I am only aware to the nature of the deal yesterday when the questioned was asked to the Defence Minister.

I do not know who owns the land: Defence Minister

Dr Pok was responding to a supplementary question from Sumkar MP, Ken Fairweather in today’s Parliament sitting.  

Fairweather asked who is the title holder when the National Government will pay K50 million for the land in the Kairuku- Hiri Electorate of Central Province.

“I do not know who have the title; you have to ask the PNGDF, IPBC (Kumul Consolidated Holdings) or Lands Department,” Dr Pok replied.

Speaker Theo Zurenuoc had to calm both MPs after they did not respect Parliament Standing Orders.