Alkalo warns gov’t over Gunjur-Berending land fracas

By Bekai Njie

Ba Gekki Darboe, the alkalo of Gunjur has cautioned President Adama Barrow’s government to immediately resolve the land dispute that still grips two neighbouring villages – Gunjur and Berending in Kombo South to avert further tension between two communities.

The previous land conflict on 16 March this year claimed the life an individual and injured scores of people who participated in the scuffle.

Mr. Darbo’s warning comes following a just concluded community outreach sensitisation on democracy, political pluralism, tolerance, civic rights and duties by the National Center for Civic Education (NCCE) at Gunjur over the week.

He added that the regional governor’s office is every day informed of certain activities that are still ongoing between the communities of Gunjur and Berending over the same land.

He stated that the community of Gunjur has since the land conflict between the two villages been abiding by the law and adhering to the advice of concerned government authorities and waiting on the decision of the taskforce that was set up to investigate the entire process.

“What I wanted to advise the government is that let them try by all means to resolve the land crisis that still exists between the two villages. This is because what I am seeing in future is really not signaling good for anybody,” he advised.

“I really have sleepless nights; so please whatever the government is doing let them not consider the land problem between Gunjur and Berending as a minor issue. I am saying this because I am really afraid of what I am currently hearing.”

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