10 Feb 2017

Senior PNG civil servants stood down over Manumanu

6:23 am on 10 February 2017

Seven key public servants in Papua New Guinea have been suspended in the wake of the controversial Manumanu land deal.

Two cabinet ministers, Defence's Fabian Pok and State Enterprises William Duma, were stood down earlier this week amid allegations of fraud in relation to a land deal for the purported new military base near Port Moresby.

Now the Defence Ministry secretary Vali Asi, Lands and Physical Planning Secretary Luther Sipison, Central Supplies and Tender Board chair Philip Eledume, state solicitor Daniel Rolpagarea, the managing director of Motor Vehicles Insurance Ltd Joe Wemin, Valuer-General Gabriel Michael and Lands Title Commissioner Benedict Batata have been suspended.

The National newspaper reports the suspensions would last until the findings of a commission of inquiry, which is yet to be appointed.

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