KRTTI, Community Members In Land Row
By Richard Baysah, Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, Feb 5 (LINA) - Tension is brewing between the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI) and some community members over land ownership.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the situation started when the administration of the KRTTI erected a gate to stop people from trespassing on its property.
Upon erection of the gate by the KRTTI administration, angry residents from the Dennisville Community forcibly removed it.
Due to the mounting tension on Wednesday, the Liberia National Police and United Nations Police (UNPOL) moved in to restore calm to the area.
The police arrested several persons in connection with the forcible removal of the gate and forwarded them to the Kakata Magisterial Court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, Margibi County Superintendent, John Buway, has ordered residents of Dennisville to stop all construction work around the KRTTI and Booker Washington Institute (BWI), pending the verification of all properties located within the area.
Superintendent Buway’s order comes in the wake of mounting land dispute between the administrations of BWI, KRTTI and one Mr. John Dennis.
Mr. Dennis is said to be claiming some unspecified acres of land that run into properties owned by these public institutions.
When Superintendent Buway and his team went on the scene Wednesday afternoon, it was observed that several private structures have already been built in the proximity of the two institutions, prompting him to call for the halting of all construction work on these properties.
He said he took the action to protect public properties in the county.
The BWI has over 1,000 acres of land, a portion of which was given to build the KRTTI.