The Minister of Lands, Country Planning, and the Environment, Madam Finda Diana Konomanyi has ordered village head men to stop selling government land.

Diana Konomanyi in Kono

She made this statement on Monday 26th September 2016 at the Ministry of Lands, 3rd floor Youyi building, while addressing members of her staff, village headmen and journalists.

“The Ministry has held several meetings with village headmen and it has been made clear to them that in western area we have private land and state land.

There is nothing like community land which the village headmen are signing conveyance letters for; these are lands which they are not supposed to sell; it is illegal and my Ministry is faced with these challenges,” she explained.

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She went on to say that her Ministry will not talk to anybody who presents false documents on behalf of the Ministry for pieces of land “the Ministry would take such people to court” adding her ministry has sent a letter to all village headmen informing them that the Ministry has assigned for land related issues a seven-man committee to all communities in the western area.

“The Ministry has provided land for the people at Allen Town, Jui, and Yams Farm for the construction of school, and cemetery. We have learnt that those communities have sold the land to people to build private houses. The Ministry has to take strong steps against these people who sell government land to private owners. We have sent a letter of notice to them. During the dry season, we will start knocking down illegally constructed structures that have been constructed on the said land,” she painstakingly highlighted.

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The Minister pointed out that there was an issue on 98.1 FM, Radio Democracy on Sunday 25th September 2016, wherein, people that have occupied the Hill Side Bye Pass road should all be relocated to Yams Farm.

“Their conveyance was ready about four months ago.”

She added that SLRA stopped work because of the rains, but they will commence work immediately after raining season. She said if land owners do not understand the Ministry’s policies,” the door is opened for them to cross check any information on how the Ministry sells land in the country”.