By Omar Bah
EJ Investment, a real estate agency owned by a dynamic young Gambian, has slammed the Gambia Tourism Board over a claim that the agency is selling landed properties in the Tourism Development Area.
GTBoard last week claimed in a press release that real estate agencies such as EJ Investment, S&J Properties and Darboe Jula were selling landed properties in the Tourism Development Area, notably Tanji, Batokunku, Tujereng, Kartong and Sanyang.
“The general public is hereby advised that this contravenes the above-mentioned Act, thus making the acquisition of land in the TDA through such means illegal. Please note that any person/institution/public or private who purchase/bought landed properties from Estate Agents/ Alkalolu/VDC within the TDA is doing at their own risk,” the board said in a statement.
Reacting to the GTBoard’s claims at a press conference held in Manjai on Thursday, Abdoulie Fatty the lawyer for EJ Investment, said: “We want to make it absolutely clear that the Sanyang Seaview Estate is not within the TDA. In fact we’ll make it absolutely clear that the Sanyang Seaview Estate is located some 1400 metres from the High Water Mark.
“So it’s at least 3 to 400 metres away from the demarcation line. So the claim by GTBoard that the Sanyang Seaview Estate is within the TDA is completely false and unfounded. We have all the approval from the Physical Department and all other relevant authorities. We have all the documents including the title deeds to prove our case”.