Kua warns Lands Dept

National, Normal

The National, Thursday November 7th, 2013


ATTORNEY-General Kerenga Kua has warned the National Lands Board that he will take legal action if it fails to withdraw a land title awarded to the Constitutional Law Reform Commission. 

Kua, Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, wrote to Lands Minister Benny Allan last month and requested that the board immediately withdraw the title to CLRC on Portion 2519 Milinch Granville, located at 4-Mile, in NCD. 

The  board gave the title to CLRC in August following a successful application. 

The decision was gazetted on Sept 27 (No.G418).  

The letter was addressed to Allan and stated that Kua said the decision by the board should reconsidered and be rescinded immediately.

“Failing this will leave us with no option but to seek redress in court. I trust that we will not go to that extent.” 

Kua presented his objection based on a number of reasons. 

He said in the letter that Works Department, which had the authority to certify occupancy, had consented that the title be revoked and transferred to DJAG. 

The letter was copied to the secretaries of Works, Lands, CLRC and DJAG. Attempts to get their comment yesterday were unsuccessful. 

CLRC operates under the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and has been without a permanent office since it was established. 

In the letter dated Oct 11 Kua said that his department had invested time and resources for the construction of its office on the land since 2011 and that he objected the title being given to CLRC.