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Apr 14, 2015

Squatters Disgruntled Over Omission of Names from Relocation List

On Monday, Lake Independence Area Representative Mark King announced that a total of eleven families that have been settling illegally on a six-acre parcel near the Chetumal Street Bridge will be relocated with government’s assistance.  While title for property within city limits is virtually impossible to come by without purchasing privately, the squatters will be transferred to Cotton Tree Village where land has been made available through the Ministry of Natural Resources.  That helping hand has been extended to a list of residents, who sought King’s intervention following a notice of intended prosecution, should they not evacuate the property by Wednesday.  Despite a worthy gesture to become involved in a private matter and come to the aid of his constituents, there are several disgruntled squatters who contend that they were never consulted to get their names on the list.  This afternoon, News Five spoke with Doris Massam who is also being forced to move from the property.


Doris Massam, Squatter

“I noh mind fi relocate because I know the land is not mine but I’da just wahn ask di minister fi please give me wah piece ah land fi mek I go cause I noh gat no way fi go.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now what was the problem initially, were you overlooked in terms of the names that were being gathered for the minister’s assistance?”


Doris Massam

Doris Massam

“Well, da something like that because I noh deh pan di list fi get di land.”


Isani Cayetano

“And it seems as if though it’s your name along with several others who have been excluded from this list.  Have you approached the minister, the area representative to see if this situation can be corrected so that your name is on the list going forward?”


Doris Massam

“Well I mi gaan deh dis mawnin and dehn tell me mek I check back Thursday.  So by now and Thursday hopefully dehn give mi wahn piece cause I really need wahn piece a land.”


Isani Cayetano

“How long have you been settling this property?”


Doris Massam

“Well I di clear out dis land five years now and I live ya like three years.”


Isani Cayetano

“And what is your situation like, your immediate situation in terms of your living conditions and what have you?”


Doris Massam

“Well I live ya, me and my son and my bwai.  I noh got no job fi seh buy wahn piece ah land and den ih really rough fi me.  But Cotton Tree, I hear dehn di give wah piece da Cotton Tree.  I woulda tek it because I noh really got no way fi go.  But then fi get fahn deh to ya da like wahn sacrifice because, yoh know, no job no deh, nothing no deh. Ih really haad.”

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2 Responses for “Squatters Disgruntled Over Omission of Names from Relocation List”

  1. RGW says:

    How can you have rights to land that you did not purchase. The owner of the land has a right to ask you to vacate.

  2. sbs says:

    I believe that if our political bull frogs didn’t tollorate it back in history, we wouldn’t be listening about such cases now.. history repeats it’s self, over and over.

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