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May 14, 2015

Mark King vs. Gungulung Squatters, the Saga Continues

Mark King

On Wednesday, Lake Independence Area Representative Mark King gave his side of the squatting story to a select media house. King, who has come under fire from settlers in the Gungulung Area, says that he and the government maintain a zero tolerance policy where squatting is concerned. In addition, he says that those who have spoken out against him are lying when they say that he promised to give them title for their parcels in that area. But who’s really lying? Tonight we’ll have Wednesday’s Mark King who threatens to come down like Dracula on those lying squatters. But we also have a recording of another Mark King from 2013 who says that he’ll stand by those very same squatters no matter what.


Mark King, Area Representative, Lake Independence

“If that is the case and I make squatting legal and tell them look that I will give them the land, doesn’t that give Belizeans and every other visitors from every other country the rights to come in and squat? Boss we wah start chaos. And so we must understand law and we must understand human rights when I move them. I haven’t moved anybody as yet; I haven’t ordered any eviction; I make that very clear. Secondly, these people are stealing water; these people are stealing light; these people have a condition back there where anybody can get hurt at any time. All Belizeans are paying for water and light. We can’t condone this. The entire situation is absolutely illegal and if I condone it and if I go down in politics for this move, then that will be it. I believe I stood up for my people in Lake I and they will get these lands when they become available. They’ve made allegations that I want to give these lands to my cronies. Boss lotta the people dehn weh work with me dah Lake I live ina Lake I fi years…dehn di live ina dehn ma back yard. We got single parents weh di live ina dehn ma and pa back yard so long weh apply fi wah piece a land. Sometimes yo got three, four house like Conch Shell Bay, crack up ina di back of a lee ghetto yard. And you wah tell me because you just come and squat pan this land. No man, I think the Lake I people weh di live bad long time and done have dehn application in and went through the right process. Boss I really see good and evil here and I think I am operating on the good side. Den ya people say dehn di ker mi dah court. Den yah people di say I liad on the media; den ya people di misdirect the public in everything right now. You know what is stopping me…people are texting me to send in immigration—you know half of them dah noh Belizean—to send in immigration, to send in the GSU. The powers that is mighty; that is invested in me as a minister, bwai I could go out there like Dracula.”


Voice of: Mark King [November fifth, 2013]

“People that have land in the Gungulung Area were worried because I think most of them wondering if we were going to kick them off their land because of the government project. Well I’m happy to tell you that is not so. Right? What we will do…I think most of you have seen a guy, Mister Marin, here in the back here. He is surveying the land and when he is done surveying the land, for you people, who are on the land; all I will do is give you your papers. Right? That is what I promised you before elections. And if the government moves you then they will have to move me because all of us would protest my own government. Remember when I went to protest my own City Council? They called me crazy. But I will keep my promise to you guys. So at the end of the day, all of you who live just across the creek in Gungulung, you are going to get your land title very soon.”

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2 Responses for “Mark King vs. Gungulung Squatters, the Saga Continues”

  1. CEO says:

    I have to agree with this one! Doing something illegal for any period of time does not make it legal.

    I know the GOB needs better land management plans but people just cannot and should not be allowed to squat on land that is not theirs.

  2. CEO says:

    By the way King looks a little like Denzel Washington.

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