Land wahala, MP steps in
Information gathered from the New Site Development Committee (NSDC) Allen town, Kola Tree, indicated that the Member of Parliament representing Constituency 96 Hon. Alhassan Kamara has vowed to settle the long standing land dispute between the Kola Tree community and the Kamara family who claim to be owners of the said property.
Speaking to the community Assistant Secretary General Mr. Alfred Sesay told this medium that Mr. Kamara has not only promised to call both parties on a round table meeting to resolve the impasse as soon as possible but has also set eyes on the cemetery layout plan and made to understand that the land in question is a government owned property.
He said the MP has assured the community people of his intention to ensure that the land which has been demarcated for the purpose of a cemetery be handed over to the community for an immediate use so as to prevent them from carrying corpses from the New Site Kola Tree down to Wellington cemetery for burial.
Talking to the Youth Chairman of NSDC Mr. Momoh Bangura confirmed that a delegation from the Planning Office in the Ministry of Lands Country Planning and the Environment accompanied by Councilor Alhassan Bangura of Ward 347 and the community stakeholders had visited NSDC recently to ascertain as to whether the land is a government or private owned property and they promise to tender report to the Ministry about their findings.
Mr. Bangura further explained that Hon. Alhassan Kamara has urged Kola Tree community dwellers to quickly apply to the Freetown City Council to grant them the right to bury the dead in the memorial park.
It could be recalled that the land in dispute has been declared state land since 2005 by the then Minister of Land Country Planning and the Environment Hon. Bobson Sesay under the era of the Tejan Kabba Government and was allocated to some residents who called themselves NSDC in 2006.
Residents of the community are appealing to the Kamara family who claimed to be owners of the said property to confront government as the land was allocated to them by the government which they are paying annual National Revenue Authority (NRA) dues for.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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