Blackman Eddy villagers upset over sale of land

A 20.7 acre piece of land in the village of Black Man Eddy is in Dispute. According to the  Chairwoman of the Village, Yolanda Molina, she along with the village council, has been working since 2009 to acquire vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h53m01s817the land for the purpose of village expansion. She lost the 2010 village elections and so the efforts were put on pause. But in 2013, after being re-elected into office, she again began efforts to claim the land for the residents of the village. All indications, according to Molina, were that they were going to attain the property labeled 24-25-1776 belonging to one George David who is now deceased. But on Friday last week,  head of GSU Mark Flowers was seen in the area clearing the property, says Molina. Her fears were then confirmed yesterday when she visited the lands department. She explains.

 

Yolanda Molina: Yesterday I gaan da Lands. I tell they I want confirm if da true this piece of Land da fu Mr. Flowers and they tell me well Miss Molina the land committee that had meeting here decided vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h49m29s433that Mr. Mark Flowers should get the land. I told them that I was applying and behind this from 2009/2010 so what happen?  Da nuh like they tell me I won’t get it, like what I said, da nuh fu me da fu the village. Da fu the people they weh need wah piece.

 Reporter: What was the intention when you started acquiring for this land, what was your original intention? What was to be done with the land?

 Yolanda Molina: For village expansion, for the community, we have people that do not even have a piece of land in this community, so that was my intention. As I tell everybody, I have a roof over my head, but we have some people how are in urgent need.

We spoke to some village residents who were looking forward to finally owning their own piece of land in the community.

 

Carmen Portillo: We cleaned the entire land as they were going to give it to us, and it is not just now that Misses Molina is fighting for this land. My children, they are Belizeans, and I just have a little vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h49m37s388vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h49m57s972piece, and they need their little piece where they can live like every Belizean. This morning I was sad when Miss Molina told me, because as you know, no one wants their children to go very far, and so I told her the opportunity is over and someone who has money, we the poor people can’t do anything about it. I told her we won’t be able to do anything, you can’t take it away from him. She asked who do you trust, in God or in man? I told her I believe in God and in her because she fights for us, for the rights of Belizeans.

 David Cocom: I have 22years living in the village and from all my years living here I’ve been staying in borrowed property. We have a house, but we don’t have a piece of land. We need it because we are Belizeans, we need somewhere to build our house to shelter our children because we can’t always live with someone else in the same property. I am happy with the chairman Miss Yolanda Molina because she promised to work for us, and she is doing it. We need the land because most people don’t have anywhere to live. It’s not good to live in someone else’s property because there is nothing like having your own space.

 Reporter: If Mr. Mark Flowers would be watching this interview, what would you want to tell him personally?

 Yolanda Molina: Well I want to tell Mr. Mark Flowers, consider the people in this village . He has family in here and they don’t even own a piece so look and see that people are in desperate need of a vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h49m42s246parcel of land. I appeal to the Minister of Land, I am a diehard UDP, politics I love politics but I’m appealing to them if they could please do something. Look at the people that need the land, not only one person.

Some 30 villagers and their children gathered in front of the land this afternoon to show their support to the cause being lead by Chairlady Yolanda Molina. Present also to lend his support was UDP Standard Bearer for Cayo South Ralph Huang.

 

Ralph Huang: As far as I concern is the, I mi know this case that Miss Molina, the chairlady for Blackman Eddy that tried to acquire this piece of land for village expansion. This one, a couple of meeting vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h49m47s272vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h50m16s812that was with the chairlady, along with a few other people and there was no time that any public servant in the Lands Department that indicated to us that this piece of land is not available. We have that hope and we have that belief that the UDP government and the Lands Department are willing to grant our land to give our village people here in Blackman Eddy.

 Reporter: Was this a surprise? You had the hopes.

 Ralph Huang: Yes this is a big surprise.

 Reporter: Can you do anything?

 Ralph Huang: What I can do is to take a look at all relevant documents and to see what we can do to verify and see who has more rights to own this piece of land, the villager or other sort of people.vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h50m38s715vlcsnap-2015-08-28-19h50m32s907

 Reporter: Mr. Flowers in this case.

 Ralph Huang: Yeah, I would say so.

And while the villagers hold the strong belief that the land will be sold to head of GSU Commander Mark Flowers, on paper, the 20.7 acre property belongs to deceased person, George David, since 1987 up to date. We tried to contact Flowers today via phone but there was no answer.

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