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SABL land grab: O’Neill puts the fox in charge of the hen house

Lands Department Secretary Romily Kila Pat has has his dirty thieving hands all over the SABL land grab scandal – as we detail below.

But this is the man Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is entrusting with the job of revoking the illegal leases!

This is a complete joke and it shows just how shallow the Prime Minister’s commitment is to dealing with the SABL land grab.

Kila-Pat claims he has directed officers to start de-registering some of the leases identified in the Commission of Inquiry but how can we have any confidence in that process given Kila-Pat should be residing in Bomana!

Here are some of the findings of the Commission Inquiry relating to Kila-Pat:

Mr Kila-Pat “unlawfully caused a SABL to be created, which he further unlawfully granted to an entity not even agreed upon by the landowners” [p 59]

“…Romily Kila-Pat deliberately decided to ignore and by-pass the existing protocols and practices… when [he] decided to grant three separate SABLs … over Portions 2456C, 2466C and 2485C”. [p153]

there was “misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process”… “His [Kila-Pat] conduct was ‘highly suspicious”  [p164]

Mr Kila-Pat’s explanation is “critically faulty and arguably deceptive” and “untenable under any circumstances”. [p59]

The lease issued by Kila Pat was so “fundamentally flawed” … it is “null and void” [p898].

According to the Commission of Inquiry Romily Kila-Pat was at the heart of some of the worst cases of abuse including:

  • Kila Pat as acting Secretary unlawfully issued the SABL for Portion 2465C in Central Province. Almost everything possibly wrong with an SABL was wrong with this lease. There was no valid Land Investigation report, no public hearings, no Certificate of Alienation, no informed consent from local landowners, the lease was issued to a non-landowner company owned by a single person with no connection to the land, the process was “hijacked” by DLPP and duress was used. The sublease was unlawful and the lease-lease back agreement fraudulent. The SABL was “improper and unlawful” [p157].
  • “…Romily Kila-Pat deliberately decided to ignore and by-pass the existing protocols and practices… when [he] decided to grant three separate SABLs … over Portions 2456C, 2466C and 2485C”. [p153]
  • Kila-Pat granted the SABL for Portion 2466C (457 hectares) when there was “misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process” [p164]. His conduct was ‘highly suspicious” and the “Intimidation tactics used by officers from DLPP and the lawyers… is both unacceptable and unprofessional”. [p164]
  • Kila-Pat unlawfully issued the SABL for Portion 2541C in Port Moresby which ended up in the hands of Rimbunan Hijau. The LIR was defective and unreliable.There was an obvious lack of landowner consent. No Lease-leaseback instrument was executed so the State never obtained the right to create or issue a title, hence the SABL was defective, invalid and unlawful. Mr Kila-Pat’s explanation is “critically faulty and arguably deceptive” and “untenable under any circumstances”. Mr Kila-Pat “unlawfully caused a SABL to be created, which he further unlawfully granted to an entity not even agreed upon by the landowners” [p 59]
  • Kila-Pat unlawfully issued an SABL over 22,850 hectares of customary land in Portion 40C in Sandaun Province to Ainbai-Elis Holdings Ltd in December 2010. Kila-Pat granted the SABL despite the fact the Land Investigation Process was not properly executed, the Land Investigation Report was badly done (and involved possible fraud and forgery), the Declaration as to Custom was not properly obtained, the SABL overlaps with an adjacent SABL (Portion 160C), and no transitional land rights were preserved (“a reckless failure” p75)
  • Kila-Pat issued an unlawful SABL over Portion 16C (211,600 hectares) despite the lease being so”fundamentally flawed” [p898] it is “null and void” [p898]. The defects included a “blank LIR [which] basically nullifies the SABL lease” [p886] and which was and “reckless and negligent” [p886], no Certificate of Alienability, complaints the landowners were forced to sign papers at night and without knowing what they were signing and an agriculture plan that “is not feasible to implement” [p898]

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  1. kanex Kanarepa
    June 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    All this happened when Mr. Romily Kila Pat was the Deputy Secretary; which means he was the hands on man on all this corrupt SABL so ” HE NEEDS TO BE SACKED” and someone who was not involved in these corrupt SABL sarga should take charge. The PM needs to clear himself away from corrupted people by not allowing Kila Pat’s involvement in the cancellation of the illegal SABL’s. ” IF IT WAS IN OTHER DEVELOPED DEMOCRACIES LIKE, AUSTRALIA, BRITAIN, USA AND CANADA ETC, ROMILY KILA PAT SHOULD HAVE BOWED HIS HEAD IN DISGRACE AND RESIGNED LONG TIME AGO. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS STILL STICKING AROUND IN DLPP. HE IS A DISGRACED PERSON! SHAME..SHAME..SHAME!!!!

  2. R Jeremy
    June 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I echo the comments raised in this article. After reading the first two COI reports I was irate at how apparent that Romily Kila Pat was instrumental in how the majority of SABL’s were issued albeit through illegal or irregular means. Yet for some strange reason he has been immune from any action because the Govt has refused to act upon the findings of these reports citing that the delay was due to Commisioner Jerewai’s refusal to submit his report. One can only conclude that Romily is being protected by certain Ministers in Govt who stand to lose just as much as Romily will if he was to be outed and terminated for his role in this whole fiasco. It therefore is ludicrous and laughable that Romily is now in charge of the proposed exercise to terminate the SABLs that were issued illegally. It also is another example that Peter O’Neils constant preaching about tackling corruption is nothing more than hot air and broken promises.

  3. sori stret PNG
    July 5, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Investigate the bloody corrupt Romily and send hijm to jail for 99 yr holiday at Bomana, and blow the cover on all those corrupt politicians protecting him. We have had enough of senior public servants who don’t give a dam about protecting the simple people of PNG and instead help themselves and their corrupt overseas partners. We cannot continue lose our lands through the back door

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