Parliament fails solving problems of seized Aden lands [Archives:2007/1072/Local News]

July 30 2007

Ismail Al-Ghabri
SANA'A, July 26 ) The Yemeni Parliament admitted failing to oblige the government to ensure the specific mechanism for handling the pending investment issues. It brought this issue in a Parliamentarian session on third week of July on investment stating that it couldn't pressure on the government to develop a strategy to protect investors from the frequent aggressions on their properties, especially, in Aden's Free Zone.

It was confirmed that the Parliament has granted Abdulqader Helal, Minister of the Local Administration, along with the local authorities in Eden the opportunity to coordinate with the Services Committee in the parliament to find solutions for the problems resulted from removing and destroying citizens' and investors' establishments in Dar Sa'ad, Aden.

The Parliament's decision was due because of a demand, from the Minister of Local Administration, who was attending the Parliament's session for discussing the concerned matter, to find practical solutions for these problems and present them to the Parliament on the coming Saturday.

On the other hand, Ansaf Mayo, the reformation representative, criticized the Services Committee for hiding some of the facts in its report and considered the Committee deliberate for doing that.

Mayo added that the recommendations of the Committee didn't scale the level of the notices which reach its claim with reference the court. He also called for shouldering the responsibility to bring justice for citizens, compensating them well and fixing their rights in land-ownerships.

Mayo emphasized the necessity of the Parliament's stand against the documented lands in Eden, which became a source of corrupted people's trading inside and outside the government.

Similarly, Sakhr Al-Wajeeh, the independent representative from the Congress Party, criticized the Committee's report for not uncovering the names of the 26 individuals to whom the governor of Eden gave lands, as well as those people, that Al-Wajeeh thought, are responsible and powerful in the governorate.

The Committee's report confirmed that the process of destruction, which controlled by the local authority in the conflict area, is wrong and a rash action which is contrary to the President's orders, that included handling the establishments according to the law of the lands and the real estates of the country. Additionally, the report considered this process as a negative spot on the side of the governorate, which is supposed to attract the internal and external investment.

The report also indicated that the land problems, in Aden, go back to the political events which happened in the governorate before the unification. That is like, the nationalization of lands and the disposal of lands, which were owned by the government, throughout releasing beneficial contracts under several names.

The parliamentary report criticized the government's policy in this respect as well as not submitting the presidential decision, 1999, to the court to be put into action.

Furthermore, the report accused Aden's authorities of not bringing a complete report to the President about the current situation of land disputes in the governorate. For instance, a governor (without mentioning his name) got benefits from agricultural contracts that were released for the 26 persons who got their prescribed lands.