2080 land cases treated in Mozambican city in 18 months

Linked with Zaida Cabral – Mozambique.

Published on Afriqueenligne.fr, by Pana, Matola, August 7, 2008.

The municipal authorities in the southern Mozambican city of Matola dealt with 2,080 cases of land disputes between January 2007 and June 2008, according to the interim mayor of Matola, Maria Vicente. These were just some of the thousands of cases that have been referred to municipal officials …

… This is an old problem in Matola, worsened by the long period that it used to take to grant land titles, which led to the same plot being granted to more than one person. Another problem is that the municipal authorities sometimes granted a person a plot that had been occupied by somebody else for at least 10 years, the minimum period, under Mozambican law, for that de facto occupation to be legally recognised. (full text).

Link: Mozambican president Guebuza lauds Chinese friendship, August 10, 2008.

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