Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Land dispute case sent to Kampong Speu governor



Land dispute case sent to Kampong Speu governor

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara sent a letter to Kampong Speu governor Vei Samnang asking him to take over the case. Photo supplied

Land dispute case sent to Kampong Speu governor

A land dispute case involving 20ha has been referred to the governor of Kampong Speu after the alleged victims – 156 families who lost their land – petitioned the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to get involved.

On Wednesday, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara sent a letter to Kampong Speu governor Vei Samnang asking him to take responsibility for the case.

In the letter, the ministry said that Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organisation director Chea Hean, who represents complainants Him Horn and Nhek Yuth, asked the ministry to confiscate 20ha from the alleged perpetrators – Chak Sovanara, Thou Khim, Soy Men, Veng Vang, Mok Horn, Men Min and Saing Soeun.

The disputed land is located in Samrong Tong district’s Ramlaing Chak commune.

“The ministry sent the case to Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang so that he can find a solution to the dispute,” the letter, obtained by The Post on Monday, said.

Hean said on Monday the perpetrators are villagers who grabbed the land many years ago when it was sold to other villagers by the village chief. Fearing the perpetrators were backed by powerful individuals, the victims did not dare to claim back the land.

He asked the authorities to solve the issue before the perpetrators have a chance to sell the land, which would further complicate matters.

“The problem started in 2007 when the land was stolen. If the authorities do not solve the issue, the dispute will continue,” Hean said.

Samnang, the provincial governor, claimed on Monday that the authorities have been working on the issue for years, but that due to its complexity, no solutions have been found yet.

“The authorities are exploring new ways of solving this dispute. We are not ignoring the situation. We will be able to solve some of the issues but not all because it is a very complicated case,” he said.

He added that some people grab land simply because even if they are forced to surrender it, they will at least receive some compensation. “We will aim for a compromise that satisfies both parties,” Samnang said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Cintri strike ends, workers’ contracts to be terminated

    CINTRI (Cambodia) Ltd rubbish collectors who have been on strike for the past 13 days agreed to return to work starting Wednesday evening after the company agreed to terminate their contracts at the end of January next year and provide seniority payments and other benefits to