Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has been accused of land grabbing. Landowners in Old Yundum—opposite the Yarambamba Housing Estate said Barrow had taken their lands from them and allocated it to the MPS of the National Assembly. It is a huge piece of land not far the airport.
Among those affected by President Barrow’s move to allocate privately owned lands to the MPS, was Lamin Sanyang. Sanyang told Freedom Radio Gambia in an interview that his own landed property was taken away from him by President Barrow without any legal justification.
“Our lands have been allocated to the MPS by the President Adama Barrow. Barrow had illegally taken our lands from us. He doesn’t own the land. We owned the land. He has no justification to take people’s land,” Sanyang lamented.
Under Gambia’s Land Act, all lands are designated as state land, though landowners are often issued a leasing ownership of one hundred years. If the state decides to takeover a given land, it is also legally required to compensate the affected landowners.
According to Sanyang, President Barrow never gave them any notice about the said land illegally repossessed from them. He says Barrow merely moved in to take over people’s lands.
“As we speak, Barrow had allocated lands to the MPS. The PDOIS MPS in the National Assembly had refused to accept any land from President Barrow. Halifa Sallah and his colleagues refused to be issued land,” said Mr. Sanyang.
Sanyang says he doesn’t know if Adama Barrow is doing this to solicit support from the MPS.
“We are appealing to the Freedom Newspaper to please report our story. The President has done what he wanted to do without following legal process. This has affected many families. We want the world to know that what is happening in this country is unlawful,” he added.
The State House Press Director Amie Bojang Sissoho could not be reached for comment.