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Sierra Leone News: NaSSIT and Rezso battle over land at Government Wharf

The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NaSSIT) are currently before Justice Miatta Samba at the Fast Track Commercial Court over a dispute for a piece of land at Government Wharf between them and Rezso Energy and Construction limited. Rezso Energy and Construction Limited is serving as the first defendant, while Ishmail Kalokoh, is posing as the second defendant in this on-going land saga. While testifying on Monday 26th November 2018, the former Deputy Director of NaSSIT, Amara Kargbo, said the piece of land at Government Wharf belongs to the Trust, noting that in 2005 they approached the Maritime Administration in 2005 for the said land at Government Wharf. He said they received a letter from Maritime in May 2005 acknowledging to have received Le60 million for the said piece of land from NaSSIT. He furthered that in June 2005, they received a letter also from the former Executive Director of Maritime to transfer the property to the Trust as a grant, adding that in that same month a conveyance was prepared also between the Sierra Leone Maritime and NaSSIT for the land. “The Trust has been controlling this property for the past 10 years and it has been used as car park and garage.” The witness underscored that they intend to use the said piece of land as pension tower, serving as the Head Quarter, in order to pay pensioners. Kargbo highlighted that he was surprised to have received a letter from the lawyers of the first defendant in 2017 claiming to be the owner of the land with a conveyance dated 5th January 2017. He also pointed out that in that same vein; the Trust also received a letter from the Ministry of Land, to have been trespassing on the land of the first defendant, adding that on the 21st September 2017, some men, under the protection of senior police officers entered the land, destroyed their fence and other properties of the Trust. “The whole place was chaotic as some senior officials of the Trust and I went to the scene to resolve the situation. The Plaintiff, NaSSIT, was represented by T. Jah and the defendants represented by Dumbuya. Justice Samba adjourned the matter to 3 December 2018.

MJB/26/11/18

By Mohamed J. Bah

Tuesday November 27, 2018.

 

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