The La Traditional Council and the Military High Command, the two major parties involved in a tussle over some acres of land around Burma Camp in Accra, have been urged to desist from embarking on any activity that will disturb the work of the five-member committee constituted to resolve the dispute.

The Member of Parliament for the Atwima Nwabiagya North constituency and Deputy Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, said this is to ensure that the members of the constituted committee have the “peace of mind” to complete their work within the given two-week period.

Speaking on Eyewitnews News, Mr. Owusu-Bio, who is also the Chairman of the committee, said he is happy that all parties have already indicated their willingness to maintain peace, at least during the two-week period.

“We all resolved that while the committee is doing its work, all parties should cease fire, especially the La Traditional Council. We informed them that it will be in the interest of all of us that going forward if, at least within the two weeks that the committee will be doing its work, no demonstration or any noise is heard, the committee can have the peace of mind to be able to come up with the final solution, to which they all agreed,” he said.

A meeting between officials of the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, the Military High Command and the La Traditional Council on Friday, April 23, 2021 saw the constitution of a five-member committee tasked to probe the protracted dispute between the La people and the Military and make recommendations for the impasse to be amicably resolved.

The committee is made up of representatives of all the stakeholders involved in the matter including the La Traditional Council and the Military High Command.

According to the Committee Chairman, Benito Owusu-Bio, all parties are free to invite third parties to provide further evidence to help in the committee’s work.

He further stressed that the committee will rely heavily on existing documents, especially from the Lands Commission, to draw its conclusions and make the appropriate recommendations.

“If any of the parties need to bring in a third party for that third party to give some evidence, that party is free to do that. The Lands Commission has at its disposal all the necessary documents and also all the certificates and titles, so all those things are intact. That is why we have given ourselves just two weeks because we know that we don’t need to go around fishing for any extra evidence, so everything is under control,” he stated.

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