Further allegations regarding Minister Duban’s dodgy land deals
Last week we revealed Petroleum Minister and Madang MP, Nixon Duban, has conspired to have two controversial commercial leases over prime green spaces allocated to a company to which he has close family ties.
The leases, covering almost 8 hectares, will allow the construction of a ‘mega mall’ on Cleland Park and offices and houses on the green-space opposite the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Madang.
Duban personally wrote to the Lands Minister lobbying for the leases to be granted to a company, Dawan Investment for which his sister is treasurer and vice-chair. The company was set up by his electoral officer and is jointly owed by one of his family and one of his staff.
Now, new allegations have been raised over those deals, that involved re-zoning of the land before it could be leased. It is alleged the re-zoning was done by the National Physical Planning Board in Port Moresby without the knowledge and consent of the Madang Provincial Physical Planning Board.
It is alleged this was done after a meeting was held in the middle of the year at the Madang Lodge between Francis Duban, Francis Irara, the Provincial Lands Officer, and a woman from the Lands Department in Port Moresby, known for her involvement in dodgy land deals.
The chairman of the Madang Provincial Physical Planning Board has sent a please explain letter to the Chief Physical Planner in Port Moresby, protesting the award of the leases to Dawan Investment and asking why his board’s function was usurped by the National board.
It is believed the Chief Physical Planner has already taken that letter to the National Board but in response ‘their silence has been deafening’.