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Oct 22, 2020

U.D.P. Deputy Party Leader in Hot Waters

The U.D.P.’s Deputy Party Leader and the area representative for Corozal North Hugo Patt is coming under fire tonight.  A family in Patchakan Village is accusing him of illegal taking control of their land.  According to P.U.P. candidate David Castillo, land surveyors have shown up at the family’s private property of more than fifteen acres and are surveying it.  He says that the family received a three-day notice that the government will be acquiring the land for village expansion. He says that this is a desperate attempt by Patt to win over voters.

 

David Castillo

David Castillo, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Corozal North

“It is very unfortunate what is happening in Patchakan Village. It is the first time in actually history. There is an encroachment of the lands department surveying into the Cus family which is about fifteen acreage and additional twenty eight acreage of land. These lands are cultivated with cane field and they are also property lands but as we all know it is politics season. It seems what is happening there is an act of desperation in the minister’s behalf Hugo Patt. He waits until the last minute in wanting to do a land expansion. He is breaking all the protocols. He is disregarding for example the first process of the village council, meeting with the villagers and to see whether there is a demand for land expansion. So that stage was disregarded. Then apparently a document, a letter of mandatory land acquisition was prepared from July but the family recently received it the seventh of October, just three days notice. It surprise the family because they did not know of it. The lands department had encroached and demarcate with pegs on the land and the family did not sit to decided whether they are interested in selling the land. The family has decided that they will take legal action, legal recourse because it is an injustice. Why is it an injustice is because the fifteen acreage of the land is for the mom of the family, of the sons. She is a widow. Her husband passed away a few ago and this land is used for her livelihood. Whenever the can is being delivered to the factory, she receives revenue that she uses to live, to pay her expenses, and so forth. Also, for her medical expense because she is also ill. The minister has no regard for private property. He has no regards for this elderly. It is an injustice. The officials of land or the Ministry of Natural Resources did not sit with the family to come up with an agreement, a settlement and a price. All of that was disregarded. As a mention, by surprise of the family they just went and encroached the land and started to demarcate the land which is illegal.  Also what is also unfortunate there are more adequate land for land expansion that is closer to the village, that is not cultivate and even the minister has acreage of land nearing the village that is adequate for land expansion. If he calls himself a true servant to the Patchakaneros and the people Corozal North why he doesn’t he be a good a Samaritan in providing his land for land expansion.”


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