Liberia: Land Authority Rule in Land Dispute, Gives Rock Church Authority to Administer Property Rights

Monrovia — The Land Authority has ruled has restored all Rock Church's property right after an investigative finding established that individuals claiming rights to the land and selling parts thereof did not have the authority to do so.

According to the Land Authority ruling dated December 6, 2019, base on investigation findings and in keeping with the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia and Land Right Act, the Liberian Land Authority office in Margibi County, Bishop Anne Geminez, a non-Liberian did not have authority to obtain property(ies) in Liberia.

The Liberia Land Authority also ruled that Bishop Geminez lacked the authority to mandate Rev. Fatu Smith and Rev. Charles Bestman to sell such property(ies) that legally belongs to the Rock Church of Liberia, Inc.

According to a Land Commission ruling, a copy in the possession of this paper, the property(ies) in question is owned by the charity group, therefore the property shall be used for humanitarian purpose under the laws of Liberia.

Therefore, the Liberian land Authority through the office in Margibi County has ordered that all property(ies) belonging to the Church must be turned over to the church, not to be sold by any group or individual under the by-law and constitution of the Rock Church of Liberia without the approval from the Board of Trustee.

The Land Commission furthered revealed in its ruling that the Board of Trustee of the Rock Church was established by the Church not individual, documents brought forward to the investigation clearly revealed that Rev. Fatu Smith and Rev. Charles Bestman were not authorized by the Board of Trustee, as there was no board resolution rather an individual who authorized the sale of the property, therefore all transaction that was carried on without the resolution are considered null and void.

The Commission has also requested the Rock Church of Liberia to cooperate with the Land Authority to retrieve all properties that were illegally sold and said property(ies) must be turned over to the Rock Church for humanitarian purposes.

The Commission has, meanwhile, ordered that as of the date of the issuance of the ruling, there should be no land transaction on the Property/Land by the Church or any individual. The Liberian Land Authority is legitimately positioned to settle land disputes.

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