Although he did not name those behind the attempted sale, he said the property would have been re-registered to the private developer had the Lands Commission not identified the building.
According to him, “the said property [Speaker’s official residence] is not under the management of Works and Housing, and as such we do not have any control of the property which therefore means that we are not in the position to sell it.”
The Minister insisted that “when it comes to the sale of state lands and property, it is the duty of Lands Commission to do so and not the Ministry of Works and Housing.”
But the Lands Commission has denied the Speaker’s claims.
Executive Secretary, Benjamin Arthur, the Commission said the claim is untrue.
“The Commission wishes to state emphatically, that at no point in time was the said property sold to a private developer by the Lands Commission,” the statement said.
It proceeded to provide an elaborate background as to developments on the said property since its acquisition in 1920 for government services.