The community of Manduar wants to sell the community forest Sold to the real estate company LK Back –
By Kebba Ansu Manneh
Residents of MannehManduar in Central Kombo District, West Coast Region (WCR) are demanding that the community forest measuring approximately 1000m by 500m which was sold to LK Real Estate Company by the Alkalo (village chief) be returned to the community.
Manduar’s Alkalo, Jerreh Bojang, has confirmed that he gave the 1000m by 500m to Lamin Kongira, CEO of LK Real Estate.
According to the Alkalo, LaminKongira came to him and asked him to help him with the land to avoid going to court, and out of sympathy the Alkalo decided to allocate a piece of land to him but he (Kongira) went beyond where it was allocated.
This journalist understood that the Manduar village development committee (VDC), as well as the regional forestry office, were not aware that this decision had been orchestrated by the Alkalo.
The situation has been escalated with the threats real estate companies are posing to bona fide residents of community forests in the West Coast region in particular.
“I can confirm that a portion of our community forest measuring 1,000m by 500m has been altered and given to Lamin Kongira, Managing Director of LK Real Estate. Unfortunately, part of this community forest has been handed over to this real estate company without the approval of the VDC which is the custodian of this community forest,” said Balla Musa Sanyang, Chairman of Manduar Forestry Committee.
He explained that “when we made our findings, we understood that it was the Alkalo who had unilaterally delimited this portion of the community forest at LK Real Estate. This act of the Alkalo is very unfortunate and disappointing as it took a lot of effort and time for the villagers to register this community forest with the forest department.
Chairman Sanyang revealed that his committee had engaged Alkalo village on this, revealing that the Alkalo had informed them that the CEO of LK Real Estate had asked him to give him some of the land as he might go in jail if he couldn’t get land. for some of his clients who are willing to sue him.
According to him, more than 4,000 Maliana Pecks that were planted during last year’s planting exercise were destroyed, including Rum Palm plants. He added that it is common knowledge that the community forest of Manduar has been sealed and classified by the relevant government authorities since 2001.
BabucarrSowe, Chairman of Manduar Village Development Committee also addressed this media and expressed his disappointment over the demarcation and sale of the community forest, adding that his committee will take all necessary measures to recover the part of the forest sold to LK Real Estate. Company.
He said this is not the first time that the community forest in Manduar will be targeted and destroyed by estate agents, noting that the community is currently discussing with a certain estate company over a similar issue.
LaminBajo, director of the Brikama regional forestry office, said his department was aware of the demarcation of the Manduar community forest for private purposes, noting that such actions are increasingly popular in the coast region. west by real estate agencies that alter community forest parks.
“It is very sad and worrying that they (the real estate agencies) are encroaching on community reserved forests across the region. This act is unacceptable and our advice to all communities is to take legal action against any real estate company that encroaches on their forest parts,” said LaminBajo, Director of Brikama Regional Forestry Office.
He added: “The level of destruction of forest cover is a serious concern for us that can only be addressed by the courts. Unfortunately, there are many forest cases before the judiciary that still need to be dealt with and this situation allows Alkalos and real estate agencies to continue the act of forest destruction for commercial purposes.
This psychic spoke with the Alkalo of Manduar, Jerreh Bojang, who said the matter was being discussed at the village level with the aim of resolving it amicably. Lamin Kongira, CEO of LK Real Estate Company, was also contacted to shed some light on the matter, but declined to comment.
Contacted for comment by The Voice Newspaper, Lamin Kongira, CEO of LK Real Estate Company, said the matter was currently before the police and dropped his phone.