EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow has instituted an interim body to find identify all the land areas that under dispute in the country. It has been reported that the body has already identified 40 hotspot sites in the country.
While waiting for the establishment of a Land Commission, a Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Secretary to Cabinet has been set-up as a temporary measure to look into the land crisis.
The Gambia has been gripped with land disputes since last year leading to confrontations, arrests and prosecution. Last month, the people of Faraba Banta in Kombo East protested against the presence of a sand mining company call Julakay in their community who was mining sand on the claim that it acquired licence from the government.
The dispute turned fatal when the villagers clashed with members of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) who were deployed in the village to control the protesters. Three Faraba Banta residents died in the clash with several others sustained injuries including PIU officers. President Barrow has now instituted a commission of inquiry to probe into the killings and the dispite.
In May, a group of individuals resident in Bafuloto in the West Coast Region launched attacks on law enforcement officials and those of the Department of Physical Planning as they attempted to pull down illegal structures in that village and its environs.
The officials of the Department of Physical Planning were believed to be acting on a court decision to remove the illegal structures and the occupants were said to have long and duly served with removal and quit notices.