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Crooked Aussies descend on Paga Hill… again

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

In 2013, PNG Exposed revealed the crooked characters standing behind the demolition of Paga Hill in Port Moresby – which saw Dame Carol Kidu arrested and man-handled by heavily armed police.

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The ‘development’ is led by Australian businessman, Gudmundur Fridriksson, a man slammed in two Auditor General reports and four Public Accounts Committee inquiries. In the most serious example, Fridriksson was accused by both the Auditor General and Public Accounts Committee of stealing money from deceased Papua New Guinean estates entrusted to the Public Curator’s Office. Nice.

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The House Deceased Papua New Guineans Built – Fridriksson’s Plush QLD Residence

Not to be outdone, he is now trying to once again demolish a forty year old Port Moresby community, who first resided on the land at Paga at the invitation of its customary owners.

Subsequently the Australian High Court found that the colonial administration had successfully acquired the land from customary owners – for no compensation – a few ‘corrupt’ transactions later, and it got into the hands of Fridriksson and his Australian friends during the 1990s.

Now with the help of their Port Moresby lawyer, Stanley Liria, a friend of the Prime Minister, and the former Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Nali, another friend of the Prime Minister, they have acquired an eviction order from the courts.

Of course, the Lands Secretary could cancel the lease, like was ordered back in 2006. But why would he? After all Mr Romilly Kila-Pat unlawfully dropped the rent for Fridriksson back in 2001, losing the state hundreds of thousands of Kina in rent! And his hands are all over illegal SABLs.

Birds of a feather flock together, it would appear.

The community have been told they have 45 days to get out of a place they have lived since the 1960s.

Fridriksson has offered Paga residents what will in effect be a tenancy at will over at six-mile on customary land, right next to a defunct dump full of hospital and industrial waste. Nice.

The community does not want to leave. Their leaders want to see Paga Hill’s national park status restored and Paga Hill turned into Port Moresby’s first community run arts, culture and history precinct. They certainly have the talent.

A song recorded by the community to document their abuse at the hands of Fridriksson.

In the land of the unexpected, you can expect one thing – speculators from abroad with a long list of infamies to their name, come first, and law abiding PNG citizens come last.

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  1. Oscar
    February 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    You have to give the guy credit, he has ripped this country off again and again since 1996 and gets away with it. Paga Hill is the tip of the iceberg – go drop his name down in the expat quarters, they will tell you a few other yarns about Gummi.

  2. kanex Kanarepa
    February 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    The scumberg could have been deported and banned from ever entering the country or could have been jailed but you see, he is still around to suck this poor people dry again and again…never say..done! Who knows how many heads are in his rotten, urgly, filter, smelly and stinggy bag. He should be in Australia doing this thus if he was ever a human being, he should be a shame of himself. No..dignity….no human….more or less an animal!!

  3. Jei Massim
    February 13, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Check the Lands Department records. The land was gazetted as a defence reserve before independence. That has never been cancelled – unless done recently and fraudulently. So it is still a defence reserve and therefore illegal to allocate to anybody – foreigner or citizen.

    Can someone check that out and have the lease cancelled?

  4. Jei Massim
    February 13, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Yes Oscar – I’ve heard many stories about Gummi Fridriksson in POM and Cairns – and all bad. Corrupt and dodgy deals seems to be what he’s always involved in. Understand he’s from Iceland – does anybody know?

    • Richard
      February 14, 2014 at 1:04 am

      From Iceland, but now an Australian citizen.

  5. Richard
    February 13, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I know these guys at PHDC, and they are not good. Steer well clear, only the likes of Liria would work for them, any local with morals would not touch them. They are clumsy too, wouldnt take Sam Koim too much time to get a result on this one.

  6. LIONEL MUNGAE
    February 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This must be the same guy paid millions of kina by the state for the production of a book on PNG without having any expertise. The book quality was infact a hundred thousand kina job. Why do we allow crooks like that to continue run rings around us.

  7. February 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    We need to look into this seriously. Foreigners coming in and getting our land.

  8. ToPam
    February 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Why are we allowing such people, with no dignity and no respect for the laws and people of this country, to do whatever they like at the expense of the 7.5 million people. I tell you, you try going to their country and do such illegal activities, my goodness either you will be thrown into jail or deported straight away. And here we are in PNG allowing arrogant and self-interested foreigners to run things the way it pleases them without due consideration to the laws of this land. HEY PNG what the hell is going on!!!!!!! Can someone put a stop to this madness.

  9. pkay
    February 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Crook or no crook, this goes to show that when anyone is determined to do something, whether on Paga or in Pangia or Patagonia, there is always better than an even chance that they will get their way. There will always be people anywhere, just like Gummi & Co, who are always ahead of the laws and that know the twists and turns to get through the loopholes and ineptia of public servants. Do you blame the smart guys or the crooed authorities. C’mon it’s happening in broad daylight in full view of everyone that it’s become normal, even accepted.That is why the Ombudsmen, Sam Koim, the Police Fraudster squad and the civil society will not kick up fuss or raise eyebrows. Like everywhere else the weak and meek like the squatters become just but victims of progress. Any politician (like Dame Kidu) that gets in the way do so at the risk of becoming collateral nuisance or collateral damage. Gummi & Co. crooks or not, will have the last laugh when Pagan Hill is adorned by PNG’s own twin towers.

    This is PNG (TIPNG) – no one is prepared to stop the rort. Chances are that those that should are part of the problem. It makes Gummi looks like small fry or even innocent.

  10. apomarn
    March 29, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Guys, have you heard? A few weeks ago Lady Kidu jumped ship and was on PHDC’s side trying to convince Paga Hill Community leaders to do likewise. She was made to chew her own words.

    Numa Alu from Post Courier for the last few weeks has been publishing ‘quoted’ stories from PHDC sites without actually investigating or getting some background facts on the issue.
    What he reported was that PHDC had a land parcel at 6mile where the settlers will be relocated to.

    Mr. Alu – there is no land parcel at 6mile under PHDC’s legitimate title. Where in 6mile do you refer to? And when will PHDC compensate the settlers whose properties were damaged? A caption that also appeared around that time showing so-called Paga Hill leaders somewhere at Ela Beach are floaters who don’t even own a property let alone an iron roof.

    PHDC is using every means and ways to communicate with the general public to support their cause and in fact Settlers at Paga Hill agree to it but then it all comes down to the welfare (after being moved) of the custodians many of whom have lived there for the past 25-40 or 50 years.

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