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Government adopts land policy in South Sudan

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February 24, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s cabinet has adopted a long awaited land policy which will address issues pertaining to land acquisition and its management in the new nation.

The new policy will address post-war conflict over land rights, informal settlements in cities and towns, as well as conflicts over access to land with pasture and water.

Land grabbing, which is the acquisition of land without regard for the interests of existing land rights holders, and disagreements regarding boundaries between counties and payams (districts) will also be addressed by the policy.

The policy was presented by the chairperson of the South Sudan Land Commission, Robert Lado, at a Council of Ministers meeting on Friday, chaired by vice-president Riek Machar.
The policy adopts a number of guiding principles which include security of land rights, equitable access to land and provision of security and diversity in tenure types.

The policy has divided land into three categories: public, private and community-owned lands.

Unclear land policy has been blamed for scaring off investors and encouraging land grabbing for many years to the lack of proper channels and procedures for the acquisition of land by individuals and institutions.

The new policy recognises the importance of individuals acquiring land and providing them with tenure security, which it says is essential to economic development in the country.

The government will also gazette land into agricultural lands and grazing lands for cattle, as well as national reserve forests throughout South Sudan.

Conflicts over the jurisdiction of Juba city, which is the national capital and equally claimed by both Central Equatoria state and Juba county, forced the national government last year to endorse the relocation of the capital to Ramciel in the centre of the country.

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  • 25 February 2013 01:33, by Samuel Malual

    Great move, but lack of implementation from the same is a problem in the Republic of South Sudan. The same government loot our lands, killed us on the land we own and do business on the tomb of the dead bodies. God help us in South Sudan.

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    • 25 February 2013 18:57, by Chol

      Samuel Malual, according to your names; where did the government loot your lands and killed you? In Bar-El-gazelle, Jonglei or in Upper Niles! Or; is it in Khartoum with your new imaginary names? Look, when you decided to play this role; you need to by highly smart to coordinate between your names and the content of your message!

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      • 26 February 2013 02:44, by adamu

        If we can all talk as a people of that one nation, I think, we would not be that sensitive to those tiny issues that are of no meaning to our beloved country. Let us not incite hatrate to those good hearted citizens of our new country. With Love.

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  • 25 February 2013 04:38, by Panthou

    I hope GoSS takes this land issues seriously! Especially in unity state. There’s a need for the state borders as well as counties geographical land border.

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    • 25 February 2013 08:03, by julia

      u re right panthou.those nuer in unity won,t understand especially those fool in mankien.now they re claiming to be having border with panaruu in panakuach.mayom is not their it is for people of Biemnom,but becozs of their love food,they came bit by bit seeking free food,since they re lazy,and people grow alot of food.this how they settle,then follow by commission as district in 1976,adm.makien&B

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      • 25 February 2013 08:16, by julia

        correction.commissioning of Biemnom&mankien as of county,mayom fall in the border between Bul Ruweng,that let it the adm.HQs for the two district.
        But now those food lovers re claiming even Nyama in the far border between Abyei &messiriay.
        Was shock with Dr.Joseph falling in the same fate,with his remark in may last yr.when ask about the true ownership of heglig.

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  • 25 February 2013 05:58, by kamal

    Not clear. how can the land be for private ,community and public . The land should be for the government only in order to proven risk of grabbing

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  • 25 February 2013 07:34, by barbayo

    land should be belong to government if South Sudan need unity ,but in way Equatorian took it, as they though in limited analysis God created only Juba there is a land , all over the world there is a land

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    • 25 February 2013 08:29, by Joseph

      The land in South Sudan MUST belong to community. However, government of South Sudan is to regulate it usage period. Those people who said the land belong to the government are either blind or not in South Sudan. How can we entrust our land to government that has looted 4 Billion USD from out nation. A single person in GOSS can even sell half of this nation to investors if you do not know. Thieves

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      • 25 February 2013 13:07, by Costa

        I totally agree with you Joseph, we already have clear evidence of a distrusted stewardship from the government side. We may end up having 80% of our lands in strangers’ hands. (Luke 16:10)"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much". Though 4 billion isn’t little.

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    • 25 February 2013 19:42, by jubaone

      Barbayo,
      The people were there before the government was established. Take the capital city to Ramciel as soon as possible, Juba is for the Baris and Equatorians and not for the nyagateen and jenges.

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  • 25 February 2013 10:45, by Makunon

    Land laws will help eeveryone

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