The matter of Andre Vega and Sharon Pitts receiving hefty compensations for lands sold to them by the lands department is still not settled as yet. Following public pressure, Government said it would pursue the return of the monies. Today, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke updated us on where they are as it relates to the Sharon Pitts case.
Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General: The Attorney General against Sharon Pitts, that matter came up yesterday for case management before her ladyship, Madam Justice Arana, and I think what mister Hubert Elrington Senior Council appears for the defendant in that matter. What they indicated is that there’s a provision in the agreement which requires some level of conflict resolution and the proposal is for the party to go to mediation. So we’re going to try to mediate to see if we can arrive at an amicable resolution in that matter.
Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General: Well in accordance to the rules we have 45 days in which we have now to select a mediator, both sides with consent and the propose dates in which we could meet to do the mediation.
Hawke was asked if the route of mediation could be seen as a soft landing for Pitts.
Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General: We as the government we’re trying to recouped the monies that would have been paid, and in a mediation process we have to give it a fair chance. I don’t want to pre-empt anything but the idea of going to mediation, as the parties are saying we are willing to sit down and try see if we can arrive at a settlement, so the hope is, and I don’t think it’s a, as you put it, a knock on anyone if you’re able to settle a matter without going through a judication as it were if we’re supposed to arrive at a settlement, the taxpayers would still be at least recompensed depending on what we arrived at in terms of figures, in terms of a settlement.
The outstanding matter for Andre Vega is also at the stage of case management.