A prominent female Liberian has stressed the need for members of the National Legislature to review the laws granting land ownership to certain individuals claiming land in the country.
Madam Kona S. Kollie, Executive Director/Founder of the Young Liberians Businesswomen Organization for Improvement (YLBOWOFIM) has called on members of the Legislature to ensure that the law which grants land ownership to those who in the past threw stones to acquire large portion of land be reviewed and if possible, changed to enable other citizens especially indigenous Liberians own land.
Madam Kollie who walked into the offices of The INQUIRER on Monday said those who by throwing stones acquired large portions of land are not doing anything to develop those areas but continue to hold on to them claiming to be legitimate owners and intimidating those who erect buildings on those lands.
She said whenever another person decides to develop the land by constructing on them they are taken to court and made to pay huge amount or break down their structures.
Madam Kollie accused the Coopers and Dennis’ families of involving in such act adding, “These families are not developing the lands which they acquired through rock throwing.”
The YLOWOFIM boss said these two families usually break down people’s structures without any compensation as they claim to be legitimate owners of the land with nothing to authenticate that the land belongs to someone.
She said one of the families broke down structures that were erected near the Barnard Beach on 17 Street when the house has reached roof level only to say that the land belongs to them though there was no legal document to prove that indeed the land belongs to them. Madam Kollie said the cost of the house is US$22,000 a case that is still in court.
She then called on the lawmakers to intervene in the situation and ensure that people acquire land legally and that if an individual purchases a land that person must be given three years to develop it or be sold to another person.
Kona said this will speed up development in the country and avoid people claiming lands that they cannot develop and denying others the rights to own land in Liberia.