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Land of Georgia - to the MPs?2012-06-18 20:07
On the outskirts of Ozurgeti (Guria), there is a town of Ekadiya; in the years 1930-1993, there was a collective farm. Most people in this area were farmers. They had dozens of land plots located here. But it so happened that these land plots are located in a 3-kilometer maritime zone, which is why after the reforms they were not introduced into the distribution fund. Recently, local residents have got the opportunity to register their land as property. But it turned out it was too late: Ekadiya has already got a new owner.
In 2008, Georgia adopted a law on legalization, and Ekadiya resitents got a chance to legalize the possession of 3.7 hectare of land. They appealed to the Legalization Commission of the Ozurgeti municipality, providing the relevant documents. But it turned out that the officer of the Prosecution Service of Georgia Shalma Sagirashvili had already bought the land. After some time, he returned the land to the Ozurgeti municipality, which was approved by the Deputy Economy Minister David Giorgadze on March 26, 2012.
This order, in turn, was canceled by the order of the Minister of Economics on December 1, 2011 on the transfer of 3.7 hectares of the village of Lihauri to the Ozurgeti municipality.
It is still unknown what violations have been made at the conclusion of the treaty. The above-mentioned fact about the order from December 1, 2011, is doubtful. Has it lapsed? Or was it revoked?
Residents of Ekadiya sent a letter to President Saakashvili, saying they were the owners of land.
Ramin Chkuaseli, a resident of Ekadiya: "We have possessed this land for about 60 years; our ancestors possessed it. When in 2008, the measurement of the land was carried out, they made a draft; we expected a disc, we have transferred the money, which is confirmed by a receipt. This year we were told that the land was put on auction and sold. We have tried our best, we appealed to everone we could. We have even received an answer from Tbilisi saying the land had been purchased by a resident of Tbilisi Sagirashvili Shalva, a major official of the Prosecution Service of Georgia, which is also owning many other lands. This was ours land; 22 families lived there".
Roland Gelekva, a local resident: "We sent a letter to President Saakashvili, he has reacted. And acting head of Ozurgeti municipality Ilya Vashakmadze said that a good man, who bought the land, had returned it to us. I asked Vashakmadze if I could plow this land? He replied, that was possible. It was the 4th of April. I told him, this year you have allowed, and what would happen next year? He said this land belonged to the state; that sounded ambiguously. We do not know what's going on".
Lia Chkuaseli: "During the parliamentary election, the current MP Gogi Shanidze promised us that if we vote for him, he settles the issue. Chairman of the City Assembly Aleko Mameshvili promised us the same thing, but the promises have remained promises.
This mess started in 2007. The locals have seen some people walking around, examining planted areas and taking picture of them. We got interested in this and appealed to the chairman of the Legalization Commission Volodya Girkelidze, who said that the land was sold at auction twice and was being sold for the third time.
Roland Gelekva: "We said we would not give up. They take away our land, because we are peasants! Then Volodya Girkelidze threatened him, "I will not be a man, if I allow him to register the land on you!" So that's what he did".