After distributing government long lease land to others in a way that raises concerns from the High Council of State the Ombudsman; the VROMI Minister was requested to clarify his actions regarding the fairness of land distribution by Government to those who were already approved by the previous Council of Ministers. After the VROMI Minister requested time to respond to the regulator, his letter of response was not only shameful but landed him before Parliament to answer more questions about the Vinyard Heights Project and the distribution of land in the area.
The letter of response from the Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure; Egbert Doran was degrading and spoke more to what he referred to, as conflict of interest on the part of the High Council of State office who was carrying out its duties on behalf of the citizens who have lodged complaints.
The VROMI minister Mr. Egbert Doran clearly did not appreciate having to answer Questions of the Ombudsman about his decisions which the Ombudsman deemed outside of good order. Instead of the Minister dealing with the issue at hand, Minister Doran’s letter in reference to his conflict of Interest charge, points to the Ombudsman’s marriage, children and romantic relationship with a former VROMI Minister to make his point about the Ombudsman making a sudden request for clarification and what he called a one-sided break down of the history of these properties.
The personal charge by the Minister did not sit well with a majority of Parliament and recommendations from the floor suggests that the Minister apologize to the Ombudsman for his personal attacks which is unbecoming of a Minister and is degrading to the office of the High Council of State which is led by a Woman. The Minister was then compelled to verbally apologize on the floor of parliament but stop short of confirming that he would do so in writing out of respect for the office. The meeting in parliament is slated to continue next week.