The controversy surrounding ownership of lands at Kpledzo is set to deepen as The Coalition of Residents of La, a group challenging the Military’s right to the lands at Kpledzo.
The declaration comes only a week after bloody clashes between residents and the Military.
A meeting called by the Lands Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor failed to agree a resolution.
“The Military cemetery is sitting on land that does not belong the Military. So, the declaration made by the then Minister Honourable Kweku Asomah-Cheremeh stating categorically that government did not acquire that land for the Military that is why they said out of the 375 acres 50 acres had already been developed as a cemetery.
“They are pleading with us to leave that one with the military and then we take the rest of the land. This pre-supposes that they know the land did not belong to them,” he said.
However, Timothy Anyidoho who is the Principal Lands Officer at the Lands Commission speaking on First Take, explained that the residents cannot take possession of the land on their own.
“All these lands that have been acquired have been acquired in the interest of the state. And compensation is paid upon the acquisition.
“I can say on authority all lands that were acquired pre-independence, full compensation was paid to them so the issue of compensation does not arrive in.”