Cotton Tree Villagers Want to Sue Government of Belize

vlcsnap-2014-04-01-01h14m23s35Some two hundred Cotton Tree villagers gathered for a meeting at their Community Center on Sunday afternoon. The topic of discussion was the land issue that eventually made its way to the foot of the national assembly in the form of a scuffle and quarrel with Minister Anthony Boots Martinez.

This was over a large parcel of land surveyed in the Cotton Tree village for distribution to the Minister’s Belize City constituency residents and not for the villagers of Cotton Tree.

vlcsnap-2014-04-01-01h14m46s17The village chairman said that the one hundred and eleven acre distribution bypassed the village council and the lots committee even though there are hundreds of villagers who are in need of land.

They mentioned  at the meeting on Sunday that they plan to sue the Government of Belize over the said issue.  Theyadded that they believe there was need for more equitable distribution and believe the Minister did not follow the law when he bypassed the lots vlcsnap-2014-04-01-01h15m16s69committee.

According to Area Representative Julius Espat, who attended the meeting, they have over four hundred signatures, creating a petition for Government to act.  However, in the meantime, they are seeking legal advice on the way forward to a possible lawsuit against the Government of Belize.

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