CES eyes special courts to solve land disputes

CES eyes special courts to solve land disputes
Hammer of justice.

The Central Equatoria State (CES) will establish a land court to handle the rampant disputes in the city.

The CES Minister of Housing, Land, and Public Utilities, Flora Gabriel, said the plan is part of adhering to national land policy to be implemented to fix such problems.

Speaking to the media after the final validation workshop for Draft National Policy 2022 yesterday, Gabriel said CES would use the land policy to ensure no complaints arose again.

“We want to establish a land court in Central Equatoria State to handle land issues,” she said.

“And anyone who is occupying someone else land must be told to vacate or face the law in this court.’’

She said when the land policy is enacted into law; a grace period for vacation will be given to individuals after which a legal measure would take its course. 

“After this land policy, we are going to make our own policy in the state… it will end land grabbing and justice will be served for those whose land was grabbed. “

She added that this will equally bring down the cost of rent in the city.

“When the Land Policy is passed and when we give everybody a plot of land to own, the [rent costs will reduce],” she argued.

She added that the State business committee was in a better position and would work hard to solve the problem.

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