LIBERIA: Pres. Weah To Constitute Committee To Probe Nimba Land Dispute

President George Manneh Weah has disclosed plan to set up a committee that will be charged with the responsibility to thoroughly investigate the land dispute in Ganta, Nimba County.

It can be recalled recently that officers of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County accompanied by officers of the Liberia National Police carried on a demolition exercise oF 10 houses belonging to the Kromah,Donzo and Jabateh families on the order of the court which later degenerated in the burning of a business warehouse in Ganta City, Nimba County.

In response to the disaster, the Liberian leader on Thursday, May 6, 2021 requested the presence of the parties involved which led to an interactive forum for the  purpose of finding the root cause of the problem.

Speaking at the dialogue meeting with parties to the conflict, President Weah indicated that the meeting is geared toward establishing the real story behind the land dispute for the amicable resolution of the problem that have lingered for the past 12 years.

The Liberian leader noted that it is disturbing and saddened to see a country that has experienced 14 years of civil war engage in action that had the propensity to derail the hard-earned peace of the country.

The Liberian Chief Executive emphasized that the country is moving toward development and prosperity as such, it is the responsibility of every citizen to ensure that peace is sustained and maintained at all cost.

He further called on Liberians to prioritize the future of their children and love ones in whatever they do, citing that the adherence to the rule of law is the best thing for all Liberians.

“We geared about land disputes when we were younger and now we are leaders we still continue to see it around. When will our people realize that Liberia belongs to all Liberians and that we all have equal rights,” the Liberian leader said.

He added” “Why will a Liberian threaten to kill another Liberian,” the Liberian President rhetorically questioned participants of the meeting, as he tries to appeal to the conscience of the parties involved in the land dispute to avoid violence.

He admonished Liberians to be careful of what they say and do whenever they are angry on grounds that man does not make the best decisions when they are angry.

President Weah further called on the citizenry to be peaceful in the resolution of land disputes, recommending the path of dialogue as the best solution in addressing land problems.

Meanwhile, the benevolent leader assured victims of the land dispute that his Government is considering compensating them for their loss.

He expressed sympathy to victims of the land dispute for the loss of their properties, terming it as a turbulent time in their lives.

However, the Liberian Chief Executive warned participants of the land dispute to do everything possible for the resolution of the problem or risks forfeiting the property to the Government.

President Weah stressed that the Government will be left with no option but to issue an eminent domain on those lands and further develop them for the use of all the parties involved.

The effort by the Liberian Chief Executive is a monumental effort toward addressing the longstanding land dispute between the Swah Family on one hand and the Kromah, Donzo and Jabateh families on the other hand.

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