Duma's re-election campaign: report

PNG’S Petroleum and Energy Minister William Duma has been criticised for making cash handouts in his electorate totalling more than 4 million kina ($A1.9 million).
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Two community leaders from Mt Hagen, Yamka chief Paul Peng and Jika Komapi leader Alex Timbi Kumbamong, have revealed some of the sums involved to the Post-Courier.

This includes K1.1 million for the Jika Oprumb tribe, K1.2 million each for the Jika Komapi and Jika Muguga tribes, and K1.015 million for the Penambi tribe.

While his tribe was a beneficiary, Kumbamong is reportedly concerned the handouts will go to select people instead of being used to build lasting infrastructure.

"We want better roads, schools, health facilities and clean water supply,"Kumbamong reportedly said.

"These are services that will benefit all of us. We need services not cash."

He further said Duma would become under more pressure for funding "because of the bad precedent of extravagant cash handouts".

Peng had similar concerns.

He reportedly said he did not know if these funds were "transparently budgeted" and approved, but he believes they are going to select people.

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