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REVEALED: Konadu grabbed 700-acre land via Executive Instrument EI 31 (77)

 

Nana Konadu Rawlings has variously come under attack for her role in acquiring state properties using Caridem Development Company Limited and has for some time now been battling with residents in four communities in the Naswam Adoagdjiri constituency whose lands were confiscated by the state and later leased to her cheaply at 4.10 pesewas in 2013 for 50 years.

MyNewsGH.com learnt of how Mrs Konadu Rawlings used an Executive Instrument with her husband as President to ‘loot’ the land but only agreed to pay for it in the year 2013 when the people petitioned then President John Mahama to help them and threatened action.

Though the law was not passed by her husband Mr Rawlings, it was passed by the Supreme Military Council II in 1977, Mrs Rawlings took advantage of it to grab the land for herself through the Caridem Development Company via the 31st December Women’s Movement.

An agreement was reached only recently in 2013 and she paid 4.10 pesewas per acre for the 700 acres land.

The people are protesting now because the said the agreement was between some chiefs amd Nana Konadu.

According to the Mawerehene of Adoagyiri, Otuosiriboe Safo Kankam at the time, the lands were confiscated forcefully under an executive instrument EI 31 (77) and were later leased on October 4, 2013 for 50 years to Caridem Development Company.

He said the lands were leased at a total cost of GH¢3,850, with an average of less than 4.10 per acre. He said Mrs Rawlings was given the option to extend the lease at the end of the 50 years if she so wished.

He argued that if the state which confiscated the lands in 1980s had no interest in the lands it ought to have returned to them the rightful owners, which is the traditional council.

This was followed up with a petition by MP for the area, Frank Annor Dompreh to then President John Mahama to return the 600-acre land to its rightful owners.

Nana Konadu was yesterday accused afresh by a group from the community of ‘looting’ their land and were demanding a return of the property to them.

They are accusing the Former first family of using landguards to intimidate them and cause violence to ‘trespassers’ who are actually genuine owners of the land.

Go back to Court.

Reacting to the development, Ernest Owusu Bempah of Nana Konadu’s NDP said the lands in question  were legally handed over to the 31st Women’s Movement and not Nana Konadu as being suggested.

“Those lands have been taken to court for five times, and they have left the case. 31st Women’s Movement won those cases in terms of land litigation and land problems in those Nsawam areas. If they have any problem, they can resort to the court of appeal but resorting to unnecessary demonstrations will not solve the problem.

“I think that some politicians are influencing these people to do that… I know people are riding behind the tricks of politics just to draw unnecessary attention…As far as I am concerned, I can give you documentation to support that. It is not her personal property.”

“Those lands have been taken to court for five times, and they have left the case. 31st Women’s Movement won those cases in terms of land litigation and land problems in those Nsawam areas. If they have any problem, they can resort to the court of appeal but resorting to unnecessary demonstrations will not solve the problem.

“I think that some politicians are influencing these people to do that… I know people are riding behind the tricks of politics just to draw unnecessary attention…As far as I am concerned, I can give you documentation to support that. It is not her personal property.”

Source: MyNewsGH.com

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