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Residents of Kpone-Bawaleshie living in fear due to land guards

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Residents of Kpone-Bawaleshie in the Kpone-Katamanso District are living in fear due to the constant attack and harassment of land guards who are claiming the whole town as theirs.

Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Dottey (Rtd), Spokesperson for Nene Yarteh Kanor II, Chief of Kpone-Bawaleshie noted that due to the constant attacks by the land guards, residents who are mostly farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of being attacked.

Lt Col Dottey (Rtd) disclosed this on Thursday when Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh, District Chief Executive Officer of the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA) visited the community to interact with residents.

Alhaji Tetteh was accompanied by Mr Ellis Afari and Mr Asare Bediako, Presiding Member and Coordinating Director of the Assembly respectively as well as departmental heads.

Lt Col Dottey indicated that though the inhabitants have been occupying the place since 1816, the land guards were claiming ownership of the town and its surrounding areas.

He therefore called on the KKDA to provide security for the people to enable them to go about their farming activities in peace.

At Kpone-Saduase, Nii Nuertey Akpo I, chief of the town expressed his displeasure at the delay in issuing building permits as well as the seizure of tools of masons working on building projects that were yet to receive permit from the Assembly.

Nii Akpo I indicated that due to the delay in issuing the building permit, residents preferred to start the building while they initiate the process of getting it.

Mr Samuel Akoto, Engineer of KKDA explained to residents that before applying for building permit from the Assembly, the indenture of the land must first be presented to the Lands Commission for the necessary documentation.

Mr Akoto also stated that in accordance with the building regulations of the country, the building permit is issued within three months if all requirements have been met.

Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh said the interactions with residents were geared towards documenting the immediate needs of the people to enable the new Assembly to strategize and provide the needed social amenities for residents in the district.

He urged the public especially residents of Nanoman, which is a known violent prone area during elections, to unite and vote in peace during the December 7 election to bring development into their town.

Source: GNA

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