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Former tenant shows how property sale went ahead without NHC management approval

A former tenant of the  National Housing Corporation (NHC)  has come forward with documents that show that the NHC management did not  know how a prime Lae property he had been living in was sold. 
Despite orders by the NHC management  to cancel the sale of the property,  the sale went ahead. 
In 2015,  the man who asked not to be identified, received   this  letter of offer  from the National Housing Corporation in Lae seeking if he would be interested in buying a property he had been living in for more than 10  years as part of the government housing giveaway scheme. 
“When I first moved in,  the house was rundown. We fixed the plumbing and sewerage.  Then when I wanted to do another set of renovations, I asked the NHC and the management said: ‘don’t put hammer and nail on it. We will give you an offer of sale.’ 
The NHC then gave him the offer of sale. 
He replied a letter of acceptance and paid a deposit of K10,000 into the National Housing Corporation Account.   The NHC, recorded the payment and gave him a receipt. 
But as he waited for the formalities to be completed, a second buyer approached him and  told him that he had,  already  in his possession, a title to the property.  
“When I asked the NHC management  about it, they were surprised that the property had been sold. 
“So all of 2017, I went back and forth to Port Moresby. I even obtained documents from the NHC.  While  waiting for them to make a decision, the new buyer forced me out.” 
Internal  documents show that NHC’s senior management  had no knowledge of the sale.  In footnotes written on internal memos,  various senior officers confirmed that the sale was done illegally. 
The  NHC’s General Manager for properties then wrote to his deputy stating:   “…There is no evidence of a valuation offer being done  and  normal conveyancing  was done outside of this office amounting to fraud. 
“The sale must be cancelled immediately to avoid further legal proceedings against the NHC…”
The memo goes further to highlight serious internal problems  that need correction. 
“…There are certain officers collaborating with Lands officers and misleading the Managing Director to have documents signed without consulting the division responsible. 
In 2015,  another Lae resident, John Bangui, faced a similar situation. He was evicted from a property in Lae City even after paying K74,000 to the NHC. 
While waiting for the  title to be issued,  the property was sold to a Lae Businessman. 
“There are corrupt elements  that take houses belonging to other people and sell it to make quick money.  It’s rotten.  I’m guessing those higher up know about it but are doing nothing.” 
John Bangui estimates that at least 40 families in Lae have either been evicted or have been threatened with eviction. 

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