Government of Angola analyzes legal status of land

3 December 2014

The government of Angola is planning a survey of the legal status of all plots of land in the country to determine its use, identify plots without titles and those that are illegally or even criminally occupied, said the Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the Civil Office of the President of the Republic.

Edeltrudes Costa, speaking at the opening of a seminar on the occupation of land, said the government intends to have the necessary information to make decisions which best suit the public interest, with full respect for the rights and legally protected interests of citizens.

“The State’s land when properly reordered and structured should be placed at the service of state policies in line with criteria set out in advance by the government, whether these policies are, among others, housing and relocation of agriculture, or industrial development or environmental protection,” he said, cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The Minister of State said the idea is that any occupation of State land is legal and pointed out that the end of illegal occupation of land requires policy to be drawn up at various levels, including the government, the National Assembly, the courts, the private sector and civil society.

Costa explained some of the causes of illegal occupation of public and private land, noting the mass exodus of the rural population to urban areas, particularly to Luanda, the inability of municipal and communal administrations to offer land with infrastructure and illicit access to State filing and registration services.

“The illegal occupation of land, in addition to violating the purpose of social and public use, has been the source of several serious social conflicts, and it is therefore necessary to restore legality,” said the minister said of State and Chief of Staff of the President’s Civil Office. (macauhub/AO)