Brumskine Wants Land Reform Law

By: Morrison O. G. Sayon

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted December 4, 2003

Liberian Unification Party’s presidential aspirant, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine says there will be land-reform law in the country.

He said anyone who has dwelt on government land for more than 30 years must be given deed granting ownership to said individual. He said there is a need for all Liberians to have access to land, noting that if land is distributed fairly among the citizens, there will be peace in the country.

Cllr. Brumskine made these assertions last Friday at the ‘Chicken Soup’ factory community when residents of the area presented him a special statement containing an appeal for residential status to be granted to the community.

The former Grand Bassa County Senator who appeared very excited during the program, called for the cancellation of the legislation granting tribal-reserved land rights to descendants of Liberians who inhabited land in the hinterland before the formation of Liberia, stressing, "those land should not be considered as public land anymore, the citizens must be given their land".

The astute politician then emphasized the need for the equal distribution of land to ensure that the citizens themselves develop their land. Cllr. Brumskine maintained that after 156 years of independence, Liberia remains a wasteland while government still claims ownership of those land thereby denying the citizens the privileges of ownership of their land.

Cllr. Brumskine noted that when elected as president of this country, his administration will make sure that the citizens be given their land, adding, "government will not have reserve land while the people cannot have access to the land".

He assured residents of the Chicken Soup Factory Community that when he ascends to the higher office, their community will be granted full residential status.

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