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Jun 5, 2020

Come Out to Discuss Land this Sunday in Cotton Tree

Nigel Petillo

Petillo is encouraging as many interested residents to come out this weekend to engage in a discussion about land ownership, including those who have reportedly tilled the soil in Cotton Tree Agricultural Layout for over twenty years.  He also took on the ownership of land which belongs to Belmopan Land Development Company.


Nigel Petillo, Activist

“There’s no certainty on who owns that piece of land.  We still no sih no document weh seh well this piece a land belong to anybody, etc.  We di do wih lee research, we di try find land available fi di people.  We have people in that area that have been working that land for over twenty years.  You and everybody who pass that highway could sih di works that have been taking place, yoh noh haffi drive een none at all.  Right pan di highway works deh pan da land fi quite some time.  Where were the landowners?  How come all of a sudden now they are so interested?  All we are trying to say here is that we have identified a piece of land and we are trying to make it available fi di people eena di community.  Dehn call di land Cotton Tree Agricultural Layout, hence the reason we mi di try sih how di people in the area could acquire papers fi di works that they have done on that land already and again, dis da noh just bout da piece ah land out there, this is about many lands throughout di country that have been sitting like that. Outta dis same land da Cotton Tree, a thousand acres was acquired by government, now dis da weh I have been made to understand.  Sometime round 2003, I believe and ah noh know who dehn give the thousand acres to, but the thousand acres gaan and soh now wahn company said that they mi own da thousand acres, plus the remaining that’s there right now and they ended up with the government da court and is being awarded or has been awarded something around twenty million dollars for a thousand acres of land.”

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