16 April 2014

Liberia: Land Dispute Deepens

Residents of Zinnah Hill in the GSA Road Community, awaiting a ruling in a lingering land dispute, have vowed to resist any attempt to survey their properties without the permission of Paynesville Magisterial Court.

The residents made the disclosure during the weekend following a failed survey that should have been conducted by the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy.

Speaking to reporters, a spokesperson of the residents Moses Z. Jackson said the people of Zinnah Hill are prepared to resist any illegal evasion or survey that will be carried out on their property.

Jackson explained that the land in question contained 188 acres and plaintiff Freeman was claiming 175 acres of the same land. He said the land was sold to the people of GSA Road and Zinnah Hill community in 1981 and Freeman claimed that his ancestors bought the land in 1869.

He told reporters that the land case was still in court, due to an appeal filed by Freeman in December 2013. He added that following the writ of appeal, the plaintiff has declined to appear in court.

He pointed out that the chairperson of the National Traditional Council & Chief Elders of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Kawor also intervened in 2011 to resolve the matter, but expressed disappointment over the failure of the complainant or his lawyer to appear in court for hearing.

However, when contacted, a tenant of Alexander Freeman identified as Francis Johnson told this paper that Freeman traveled to the United States of America.

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