Duma fails to see Somare: report

RECENTLY ousted PNG Petroleum Minister William Duma and Petromin managing director Joshua Kalinoe have reportedly attempted to visit Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to discuss tenement issues as the leader battles to overcome heart surgery at a Singapore hospital.
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An undisclosed source told the The National the pair wanted to raise issues over oil and gas tenements to Somare but their visit was refused.

"The last thing Sir Michael needs now is stress or high blood pressure," the source reportedly said.

"Even if their visit is well meaning, their visit will still trigger some stress in the prime minister.

"This is distasteful, inconsiderate and childish and the two men owe Sir Michael and his family an apology."

Somare has been subject to at least two open heart surgeries since April. He recently overcame complications with his lungs, according to the report.

Hospital visits have been restricted to Somare's family members.

Meanwhile, acting Prime Minister Sam Abal has started to clean house.

Duma and Trade Minister Don Polye were both dismissed from their posts by Abal earlier this month.

Former PNG prime minister Rabbie Namaliu recently told The Australian that Polye was dumped for plotting to oust Abal from the top job.

Duma lost his ministerial role due to his management of land ownership issues in relation to the PNG LNG project, according to Radio New Zealand.

In his years as petroleum minister, there has been some industry concern as private companies, and even a logging company, have won contested petroleum tenement applications over more established and publicly-listed players.

Back in 2008, Duma criticised a PNGIndustryNews.net report into long delays in petroleum licence renewals and work program approvals.

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