Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly
MIA Committed To Settling Land Disputes In Lofa County
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
MONROVIA, April 8 (LINA) - The Ministry of Internal Affairs has said it is exerting every effort to amicably settle the boundary dispute between Hembeh Clan in Kolahun District and Bondi Clan in Voinjama District, Lofa County.
The statement comes amidst concerns by citizens over delays in the settlement of the dispute.
The Ministry’s Media Consultant Emmanuel Wheinyue told the Liberia News Agency on Monday that Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly has the political will to amicably settle the land dispute.
“The ministry has multiple issues that cut across each other, all of which needs time for final settlement,” he said.
During his tour of Lofa County in March last year, Minister Dukuly pledged to resolve the dispute in which citizens of Ndarbu Town in Bondi Clan prevented the people of Wanlihun Town in Kolahun District from launching the traditional school (Sandy Society) on grounds that the land belongs to them.
Following hours of argument and counter argument and the presentation of documentary evidence by both sides at a town hall meeting in Voinjama, Lofa County, Minister Dukuly, in consultation with the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, set up an Inter-Agency Technical Committee comprising the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Lands, Mines and Energy, the Land Commission, LISGIS and others, to probe the claims and counter-claims.
Minister Dukuly also implored the Traditional Council to conduct its own probe into the matter and submit its findings at a town hall meeting he scheduled for the second week in January 2014 in Voinjama City, Lofa County.
However, to the dismay of Lofa County Senior Sumo Kupee and citizens of Hembeh Clan, not much has been done to resolve the land dispute.
The citizens told LINA that since the appointment of the two committees, they have neither seen nor heard anything from them, and called on Minister Dukuly to promptly act to resolve the land dispute.