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CES reiterates commitment to fight against land grabbers

Author: Emmanuel Akile | Published: Monday, December 20, 2021

Honorable Flora Gabriel, the Minister of Land, Housing and Public Utilities in Central Equatoria state - courtesy

Authorities in Central Equatoria state have said it will crack down and take legal action against land grabbers within the state.

The Minister of Land, Housing and Public Utilities in the state, Flora Gabriel says the state continues to witness unprecedented incidences of land grabbing with perpetrators going unpunished.

There have been conflicts related to land grabbing and unlawful allotment of land in the capital Juba.

This includes areas of Gumbo, Tokiman, Loggo East and West, Gorom and Sombia among others.

Last week, the governor of Central Equatoria state, Emmanuel Adil has reiterated that planned demolition of illegal settlers at Garbo village east of the Nile will still be executed.

Speaking to Eye Radio after the closing of a training on housing, land and property, organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council in Juba last week, Minister Flora cautioned those involved in the illicit dealing to desist from such practices with immediate effect.

She said punitive measures will be taken against individuals who will not adhere to the state land laws.

“There are so many areas being grabbed by land grabbers. Whoever wants a land, take it in a right way, housing is there, Juba County is there,” Flora said.

“In housing, we have third class, second class, first class and an investment area. We have to allot if there is a land, but if we don’t get a land from the chiefs to give for demarcating it, it will be very difficult because land belongs to the community.

“We don’t own our land as a ministry, they [communities] have to give it to us, because when we have it, then we have to demarcate or plan for demarcation.”

Flora now calls on the public to follow the right procedure of acquiring land.

Last week, two people were shot dead in clashes over land dispute in Gumbo Sherikat area in Juba.

Last month, some women farmers on the outskirts of Gumbo-Sherikat in Juba said armed land grabbers have confiscated their farmlands.

They said they were forced to leave the area after several armed individuals assaulted them while weeding and deliberately destroyed their crops in the farms.

Right groups say land-grabbing remains a security threat committed by senior army and national security generals in South Sudan.

In September last year, six people — most of them soldiers, were arrested in Rajaf County after the community accused them of illegally selling land.

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