LIBERIA: Local Chief In Margibi County Orders Two Chiefs Of Waymahquelleh To Seize Control Over Disputed Land

By: Christopher Wiah~GNN Correspondent In Margibi County*

In order to avoid the occurrence of Land conflict between two indigenous Citizens of Larkay-ta Township in Margibi County, Chief Fahn G. Leepolue of Kakata Chiefdom has with immediate effect ordered two Town chiefs in Waymahquelleh clan to seize control and monitor the activities over a disputed parcel of Land near Sackie Gbonmon-Ta Community.

The decision came barely a minute after a ruling was established by the chiefs and elders into the case involving William Gbonmon on one side and Thomas Dillion on the other side over a parcel of Land lying across the Waymah River in Larkay-ta Township.

It can be recalled that on several occasions clan chief Edwin K. Naimah, Mayor Emmanuel M. Goll Sr. along with two others general Town chiefs, Alfred S. Cooper and Joseph Karlekehtee including elders of the area convened inquiry into the case using the alternative dispute resolution mechanism to mitigate the matter but to no avail on grounds that the Gbonmon’s were allegedly demanding legitimate claim over the disputed parcel of Land.

According to the Information gathered, Clan Chief Edwin Naimah and the local leaders of the community could not hold back but to rather invite the Chiefdom’  Paramount Chief Fahn G. Leepolue based on the constant complaints filed to his office by the two individuals, Thomas Dillon and William Gbonmon on allegations of Land encroachment.

As part of their efforts into mitigating the dispute, most especially using the basics principles of the alternative Land dispute resolution mechanism in accordance with the Land Rights Act, Hon. Fahn G.Leepolue, Edwin K Naimah and his two deputies, Alfred S. Cooper and Joseph Karleketee were amongst the gathering of chiefs and elders quorum that presided over the case on Saturday.

In the judgement, Thomas Dillon and family were favour based on what was described as a fact finding assessment conducted by the chiefs and elders on the disputed parcel of Land in the area.

In his concluding statement, this was the question posed to William Gbonmon and Thomas Dillon.

“To you both, will you agree and be satisfied with the decision we are about to render into this case based on our findings as chiefs and elders”?

“Yes we will” the Dillon and Gbonmon’s answer.

Meanwhile, upon the reading of the ruling established by the chiefs and elders in favour of Thomas Dillon, Mr. William Gbonmon and family could not hold back their peace but to immediately announce a move to the Court on grounds that the Land belongs to them.

As part of the investigation, it was also established by the elders of the area that Sackie Gbonmon, the former Paramount Chief of Kakata Chiefdom and Dillon had since lived together in the same area with no trace of Land dispute between the two except for their grand children who are now fighting over the said parcel of Land.

The alternative Land dispute dialogue discussion was held on Saturday May 15 under the Sackie GbonmonTa palaver hut inKakata City Margibi County.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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