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The Duma Scandal Deepens – New Links and New Land Grabs

February 2, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments
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William Duma’s denials of involvement are contradicted by the facts

Minister William Duma informed parliament on Tuesday that he has no links to the company, Kurkuramb Estates, that is the beneficiary of a sweetheart deal worth K46.6 million to purchase land for a PNG Defence Force naval base.

PNG Blogs originally broke this story with some astute detective work. 

However, Duma’s attempt to wriggle out of the scandal, by claiming no connection to Kurkuramb Estates is futile. This network map shows the intimate connection between the two:

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We can also reveal this is not the first time that Minister Duma has been implicated in a potentially corrupt land deal.

In a Judicial Review case before the Supreme Court in 2012, the company Noko 96 claimed that Duma’s company, Kopana Investments Limited, acquired their 5 state leases over harbourside land at Paga Hill, Port Moresby. The Supreme Court, noted with suspicion that in a short space of time the then Lands Minister Puka Temu:

  • forfeited five State Leases held by Noko; and
  • after forfeiting the leases, exempted the land to which they related (five blocks at Paga Hill, Port Moresby) from advertisement; and
  • granted new State Leases over the land to Kopana Investments Ltd, a company owned and controlled by the then Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Hon William Duma MP.

The court presented the suspicious timeline underpinning this sweetheart deal given by one member of Cabinet to another:

27 March 2009

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Notice to show cause why leases should not be forfeited, posted to Noko.

27 April 2009

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Kopana submitted applications regarding land covered by Noko’s five State leases to the Land Board.

1 July 2009

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Department of Lands and Physical Planning sent reminder notice to Noko.

3 Sept 2009

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Forfeiture notices published in National Gazette.

14 Sept 2009

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Minister exempted land from advertisement.

29 Sept 2009

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Land Board recommended leases be granted to Kopana.

12 Nov 2009

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Publication in National Gazette of Kopana as successful applicant.

25 Nov2009

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Five State Leases (previously held by Noko) granted to Kopana.

This all came at a very convenient time. Another company censured for its corruption, Paga Hill Development Company – led by Gudmundur Fridriksson – had just acquired a 99 state lease over a 13.7 hectare neighbouring property. The lease was issued on 03/04/2009. This, of course, is the developer who promises to build a ‘tourism city’, complete with 6-star hotels and a commercial grade marina, prepped and ready for APEC 2018.

Three weeks after the PHDC lease is issued, Duma, the ever astute businessmen, begins steps to acquire waterfront land which would be needed for this mega-development worth K3 billion. 

Despite the suspicious circumstances and the court revelations, an inside source claims Duma still retains ownership of the prime Paga Hill land.  And look who served as a Director at Malaga No.7 Limited – a vehicle owned by the Paga Hill Development Company. You guessed it, Minister Duma!

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It appears winners are grinners. No wonder 8 million Papua New Guineans are frowning right now! 

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  1. February 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Reblogged this on My Papuan Region and commented:
    This all came at a very convenient time. Another company censured for its corruption, Paga Hill Development Company – led by Gudmundur Fridriksson – had just acquired a 99 state lease over a 13.7 hectare neighboring property. The lease was issued on 03/04/2009. This of course is the developer who promises to build a ‘tourism city’, complete with 6-star hotels and a commercial grade marina, prepped and ready for APEC 2018.

    Three weeks after the PHDC lease is issued, Duma, the ever astute businessmen, begins steps to acquire waterfront land which would be needed for this mega-development worth K3 billion.

    • Parfrey PENI
      February 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Clearly showed what a crooked n cunning person he is. The Gabadi land deal wuz acquired in the same manner. He found out how lucrative the acquisition wuz gonna be so he indirectly acquired the land. He has become a genius in land dealings. So rotten…..

  2. February 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Utter shame for William Duma. He seems to be passing the buck to the government to cover his own tracks. Willie has learnt alot from Pais, Oneill and other corrupt politicians. He may have achieved the goal. Now lets stand back and watch what Oneill will do about this issue….

    • Kolman
      February 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      This is very disgusting knowing my hard earned money that the GOVT TAX me on for services is being stolen by WD…..and all these corrupt politicians and bearucrats. I think we need to start assassinating these bastard …

  3. Wabing Mileng
    March 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    If these are what our so cslled leaders are doing in secret, who else can we trust?

  4. Kuuman
    March 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

    In a country where there is no existence of law, Assassination is the best option to fight corruption. Killing thieves for poor people’s sufferings is holy and sinless.

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