Somaliland:Local Governments Excluded from Land Legalization, Dispute Resolution and Issuance of Document processes

By Goth Mohamed Goth

The Minister of Public Works ,Housing and Public Transport  Hon Abdirizaq Khalif Ahmed has issued a ministerial directive which bans local government authorities in the country from allotting land deeds and excludes them from the issuance of decisions in any land legalisation process and dispute resolution processes), identifying land for development, creating land sharing arrangements with immediate effect.

The Press statement which read as follows:

Minister of Public Works, Housing and Public Transport also the chairman of the national committee tasked with reclamation of public properties and government buildings currently in private hands has issued the following directives

1. The Government of Somaliland shall in accordance section 4 & 5 of urban land management law (Law No: 17/2001) and in accordance with section 8 Law No: 17/2001 which stipulates that local authorities shall refrain from granting of new titles specially over land designated for public purposes e.g. mineral designated areas, agricultural lands, beaches and area designated for future public amenities.

2. The Government of Somaliland shall in accordance with section 8 of the Regions & Districts (Self-Management) Law (Law No: 23/2002) prohibits local authorities officials from issuance of document in regards to the

A. Allocation of land or relating to ownership of public Property.

B. Local governments have no authority whatsoever or may not have the power of issuing land documents, Sale and Transfer any land designated for Public amenities and agricultural lands.

C. The ministerial directive do hereby prohibits the sale, transfer, allocation and occupation of government owned buildings this in accordance with Presidential decree # JSL/M/XERM/249-2314 All public buildings and land currently in private hands is to be returned to the government with immediate effect failure to do so one may not qualify for government compensation.

The above ministerial directive goes into effect as of the 10/3/2014 and all governmental agencies concerned and farm owners are do hereby informed has been

 Signed by Minister of Public Works, Housing and Public Transport

Hon. Abdirizaq Khalif Ahmed


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