Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather

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.