The Minister of Land, housing, and urban Development Michael Chiangjiek Giech have unveiled land policy strategic plans to end land grasping in the national capital Juba.
According to the NGO Land Matrix database survey, about 2.5 million hectares of land were grabbed in South Sudan since 2006.
Land Act, 2009 says every person shall have the right to acquire or own property as regulated by law and as stipulated in Article 32 (1) of the Constitution.
Land in Southern Sudan was entitled to the people of Southern Sudan, and the Government shall regulate its usage. Land may be customary, freehold, or leasehold.
The minister elaborated that more cases linked to land disputes overcrowded his desk, and the Unity government end land battle requires speedy land reform policy.
A group of stakeholders and undersecretary did an inclusive review of the new strategies policy on Wednesday before the document was sent to the cabinet ministers and endorsed by the transitional legislative assembly.
The new tenure policy was amended in consultation with all parties to the Revitalize Agreement. Ministry says land dispute becomes an enormous challenge although some cases were trials, more is needed to be done according to law.
Michael revealed that a loophole within the law had created an opportunity for some corrupt officials who were requiring others’ land and selling it out with their interest.
He says the central equatorial state’s Government has considerable roles in addressing land disputes among unlawful occupants (citizens).
The government systems regulated that customary land rights are recognized under customary land law.
This morning [Thursday], a Pastor narrowly escaped death after gunmen shot him and his son at the African Inland Church in Juba. The incident related to land dispute.