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Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has dared some residents of Adoagyir, Akwamu, Owuraku and Ntoaso in the Eastern Region, to go to court if they strongly believe that she has unlawfully taken over their lands.
Residents in these communities on Wednesday, 5 July, 2018 took to the streets to demonstrate against Mrs Rawlings, claiming she had illegally given out their lands to private developer, KOANS Estate, without their knowledge.
In that respect, the demonstrators gave government a one-week ultimatum to retrieve their lands and also sack all land-guards from the area or face their wrath.
But aide to Mrs Rawlings, Ernest Owusu Bempah, has denied the claims and dared the demonstrators to go to court.
“It was acquired by legal means and it wasn’t under the military regime at all and the custodians of the land know that they sold those lands to the 31st December Women’s Movement which is an entity, an NGO, to develop those lands and it is clear. That is why when they went to court the judges in their own wisdom ruled in favour of the 31st December Women’s Movement and everybody is aware of that.
“So, if they have issues and if you disagree with a court ruling, you can go and appeal but resorting to unnecessary demonstrations will not solve the problem. Those lands do not belong to Nana as if Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings personally owns those lands; that is wrong.”
The 770-acre property stretches from Nsawam Cannery all the way to the Koans Estate enclave.