Maryland, Grand Kru Land Dispute: Pres. Weah Mendates Internal Affairs Minister to Probe

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By Bryan Dioh

Internal Affairs Minister Vanery Sirleaf has been mendated by President George Weah to probe into a land dispute between Bewan in Grandkru County and Wolowien in Maryland County.

The president’s mendate came as a result of several complaints from residents of the two Counties calling for his intervention in resolving the long lasting Conflict.

“Hon. Varney Sirleaf please ensure that there is a committee set up to investigate this land conflict between Maryland and Grandkru, because our people can’t continue to be in conflict because of Land,” President Weah said.

The president however expressed disatisfaction over the way several Counties in the Southeast are engulfed with Land conflicts.

The long lasting land conflict between the two Counties has created panic amost residents, something which the president believes has the ability to undermine the peace process in the two Counties.

It may be recalled, about 65 residents of Bewanh Grandkru who are citizens of Wolowien in Maryland County, were sent back to Maryland, leaving all belongings behind after tension rise between the two towns.

The deportation of the residents allegedly by residents of Bewanh in Grandkru County brought up a series of disatisfaction from Authorities in Maryland County.

On another hand residents of Wolowien on Saturday November 7, 2020 set up road blocks impeding the movement of people who commute from one end to another between the two Counties.

The two towns accused each other of incrushing on land owned by them and destroying food crops that were planted on the buff zone by the both sides.

The committee will be responsible to investigate the Land Conflict and later submit findings to the Minister who will in return forward report to the Liberia Land Authority, an automomus agency responsible to settle land disputes in Liberia.

For his part, Karluway Statutory District Superintendent Solomon Johnny lunded President Weah for the efforts made in settling the dispute as he thinks the president intervention will bring the long lasting Land Conflict to an end.

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