Heritage (Monrovia)

25 November 2013

Liberia: LC Wants Criminal Conveyance Bill Passed Into Law

The Land Commission (LC) through its Commission for Land Disputes Resolution has called on the House of Representatives to pass the Criminal Conveyance Bill currently before that august body.

Submitted to the Liberian Legislature in 2012, the Criminal Conveyance Bill seeks to deal with suspected criminal(s) who are involved in the multiple sales of land in the country.

The bill was unanimously endorsed by the Liberian Senate but still lingering in the House of Representatives without concurrence.

According to Commissioner Lwupu Kandakai, the bill, when passed into law, would reduce the overlapping or multiple sales of land which is not only affecting the urban areas particularly Monrovia, but rural communities. The LC official was speaking recently in at the end of a three-day training forum for Liberian journalists and media practitioners.

The forum, which was held at the Peace Empire Hotel in Ganta, Nimba County, is organized by the LC in collaboration with the Land Conflict Resolution Project (LCRP) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

"Please pass that bill because it going to help us in solving all of the outstanding issues we have had when it comes to the multiple or illegal sales of land. So to you journalists, as you leave from here today, please use your various radio stations and newspaper articles to tell your Representatives to pass this bill. As I said, this will carry us a long way in solving most of our land problems," said the Commissioner Kandakai.

"In that bill, you have the punishments there for people who are involved into such of criminal behavior of double selling land," she added.

The Land Commission was established on August 4, 2009, by an Act of the National Legislature and officially launched on March 11, 2010, by the Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

General mandate and purpose of the LC is to propose, advocate and coordinate reforms of land policy, laws and programs in Liberia.

However, the LC has no adjudicatory power or implementation role, but it mandate extends to all land and land devoted to residential, agricultural, industrial, commercial, forestry, conservation and any other purposes.

Also speaking at the program, the Commissioner for Education and Outreach, Madam Suzana Vaye, urged journalists to make use of the skills acquired from the training for its intended purposes.

She stated that journalists should take keen interest in land related issues in a more matured manner in a way that they will only inform and not inflame the situation.

Commissioner Vaye lauded the USAID through LCRP for being contributing to the works of the LC, adding: "We are not going to get tire on knocking on your door for support in subsequent time to come."

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