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A “native family” is “despairing over the lack of clarity as to the situation of their portion of land that is in dispute between the family and an investor”, reads a Miramar report. The indigenous family has reportedly been “occupying” the area for more than 50 years.
Land is owned by the state in Mozambique. Its use and exploitation is governed by Law. A native family has been in this area for more than 50 years.With municipalisation “there are risks of losing the land in favour of an investor,” Miramar points out,.
The alleged lack of clarity in the process worries the owners of the land, which is located in Tchumene neighbourhood, an area reserved for industry by Matola municipality.
When contacted, the businessman in question said he did not wish to comment on the subject, given that the dispute was now in court. The Matola court, in turn, said it would not provide any information to Miarmar, as it was is not an interested party of the process.
The municipality has, however, promised to intervene.
The family says that, given the necessary conditions, they could hand over their rights, but that there seems to be no will on the side of the other party.
Land is owned by the state in Mozambique, and its use and exploitation is governed by law.
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