Another Lorma, Mandingo Conflict Brews In Zorzor
By Korboi Gbelewala, Lofa County Correspondent
ZORZOR, Jan 24 (LINA) - Conflict is brewing between the Lorma and Mandingo ethnic groups over ownership of Bardazo Village in Buluyeama Clan, Zorzor District.
The latest tribal conflict is among series of tribal conflicts that have claimed lives and resulted in the destruction of thousands of dollars worth of properties, since 2010.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the case involving the two ethnic groups started January 22, 2014, in Bardazo, but all efforts to resolve it have so far failed.
Zorzor District Commissioner, Henry Wolobah, told LINA Thursday that he received a verbal complaint from members of the Lorma ethnic group in the area requesting the removal of alleged Guineans (Mandingos) from Bardazo.
Mr. Wolobah said during a hearing held in the Bardazo Town Wednesday, members of the Lorma tribe explained that prior to the civil war, they permitted four Mandingo men to temporarily settle and farm in their town, but that since the war ended there has been a huge influx of Guineans (Mandingos) into the town to farm.
According to the Commissioner, the Lorma people gave the alleged aliens two months ultimatum to leave their land after harvesting their rice but that they refused to do so, thus sparking the latest confusion.
Hearing into the case has been postponed to the second Wednesday in February 201, at which time the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) officers assigned in the District would have properly screened the alleged Guinean Mandingos to establish their true nationality.
Commissioner Wolobah is meanwhile urging both sides to remain calm while his office in collaboration with the BIN ensures speedy and fair investigation into the matter.