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Sep 2, 2014

Land Woes in Gungulung

A trio of residents from the Holy Emmanuel Area is tonight up in arms because despite years of asking for a street to access their houses, they have had no luck. Adrian Lino is among three single mothers who say that they have to walk in swamp when it rains to access their homes. According to Lino, the street leading to their houses was not complete and that instead several houses have been built on the plot of land that was designated for the street. Last week, one of the two houses that was standing where her street would exit on to Holy Emmanuel Street, went up in flames after the nephew of Sonia Harris set the thirty by forty foot two storey wooden house ablaze. Lino thought that finally, the residents would get the much needed street.  But that’s not going to happen because a new house is already going up. 


Adrian Lino, Resident

“All I need dah wah outlet to my yard. I gone dah the mayor the day of convention the day they had that convention at ITVET. I talk to the mayor in person; ih tell me ih wah come see the situation himself and ih noh come yet. I gone to Mark King myself and I put the situation to Mark King and ih noh come yet. Mister Moody, I need wah outlet. When ih rain, I go down ina this swamp—if yo notice back yah dah swamp—and I go down to my waist. I take the verandah off of my house because the verandah rotten because ah due to weh ih rain. All of that flood out. And apparently only me deh back yah without a street. And I need wah street, a need mi outlet. I tired ah cry to the mayor, a tired a cry to the area rep and nobody answer mi cry.”



“Why are you even more upset at this point in time?”


Adrian Lino

Adrian Lino

“Because every time I get sick and ambulance the come and get mi from my house, most of the time the people can’t even come out of this place because it di rain and they have problem fi come in sake of the swamp.”



“Now I understand that your street is supposed to run straight out toHoly Emmanuel Street. Tell us about that and why that hasn’t been possible.”


Adrian Lino

“The only reason make we noh get the street dah because we mi had two houses built in the way. One of the persons died, my cousin died weh mi live dah back yah and then the house dah front behind this zinc; that in the way so I can’t get nowhere out of here.”



“Has there been any effort to try to remove the persons behind this fence?”


Adrian Lino

“None. I tried my best but it looks like my cries are to no avail. Every time I go, all people talk about dah money. All people talk about dah money. If yo noh got money, yo can’t get nothing done and I noh got money like dehn one weh got money fi get things done their way. OUT 02:16

IN 02:37 I thought that the minister mi wah come forward and be wah minister and give dehn people somewhere weh deh could build and be comfortable so weh could get wi street. But it noh look like the minister want do that fi di people dehn so apparently we noh wah get no street. OUT 02:51

IN 02:58 I talk to Mister King, I go dah ih office. I used to work with Mister King and I talk to Mister King in person. I just call him today…every time I call him, ih neva answer my call.”



“So what are you going to do now? It is obvious that these persons are already building back and your street is still a good two hundred yards away from yoru gate?”


Adrian Lino

“I can’t even full mi yard because even if I buy clay I have to push it from yonder fi dump in here. So I noh know what else fi do.”


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1 Response for “Land Woes in Gungulung”

  1. Harrison says:

    is that a man or a female with a man name? sorry-I cant see tv-only reading the news online

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