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Oct 1, 2019

4 Years Later Camalote Villagers Waiting for CJ’s Judgment on Land Dispute

Julius Espat

The Cotton Tree Village Council took the Government of Belize to court almost four years ago. The case revolves around two hundred and fifty-four parcels of lots that had been secured by U.D.P. Minister Anthony Martinez and given to Port Loyola constituents. The Village Council took the matter to court on the bases that the villagers were disenfranchised. That was in May 2014 and more than four years later, the Chief Justice has yet to hand down a decision. 

 

Julius Espat, Area Representative Cayo South

“It is four years now and counting and we still haven’t received a judgment and I think that I unfair with our constitutional right. We have a right to justice. It doesn’t mean to favor us or nor favor us. We just need a judgment. I can understand why this one is difficult because in this case you are dealing with a land issue that will probably set precedence and will relieve powers of the Ministers of what they can and cannot do. And So I  think that everybody is scared of having a judgment because it will change the way land is distributed in the country. All we are saying follow the law. The law is saying that the minister has to consult with an elected village council chairman and you can use that consult in any way you want.  But in Belize they don’t even bother sending information or letter or a phone call or a text to these gentlemen to tell them what is happening.”


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