The Vice Chairman for Elder Affairs of the National Traditional Council of Liberia, Boakai Zulu has been accused of stealing and illegal sale of land in the Nee Zoe Community in Paynesville. Residents of the community accused Chief Zulu of using his current status as member of the Traditional Council of Liberia to forcibly take away land not belonging to him.
Residents of the community told this paper that the Clarke family was in possession of the 'mother deed' of the land in question as owners of the land. They further explained that the chief also sells houses built in the 60s and 50s by the Clarke and Carey families.
A grandson of the Clarke family and administrator of the property, Matthew Clarke confirmed ownership of the land, alleging that Chief Zulu has threatened to take the entire 900 acres of land from him (Matthew). He named the Joe and David Clarke, George Carey and Boimah Zulu Estates as properties being administered.
"I have documents to that effect of all these land; I have the deeds with the signature of former President Samuel K. Doe, former justice Minister Winston Tubman and many others that these properties are ours; chief Zulu have no document to show for these properties; he's only stealing them using his current status that he has with traditional council of Liberia," he claimed.
He, however, called on the traditional Council and President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to intervene and warned Chief Zulu to stop his illegal sale their land in the area.
Chief Zulu, reacting to the allegations, denied the illegal land sale in the area, claiming that he was knowledgeable about the history of land in that area. He also acknowledged the ownership and administration of the land by Matthew Clarke in the community.