Executive members of BGYEA (Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association) has for a long time been battling it out with squatters settling on the buffer zone of Harmonyville as it was a direct impediment to the development of the Buffer Zone, an investment BGYEA hoped, would bring them revenue.
However they were it would seem the approach they were taking was not getting them any results. Our Latest update on this story was that the government had final taken heed to BGYEA’s constantly pleas of assistance. However with the governments intervention came more than what BGYEA bargained for.
Today the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture sent out a press release stating their position stating that, “…it is unlawful to clear and occupy any land designated as a Buffer Zone Area (Reserve)…
On April 29th 2014, the Lands and Survey Department, issued an Eviction Notice and a cease and Desist Order to Individuals of the Harmonyville Development Area regarding the unlawful clearing and occupation of the land designated as the Buffer Zone Area (Reserve)…”
The press release went on to say that “…any non compliance with the aformentioned orders will be dealt forthwith according to the Law and with the ultimate consequence resulting in demolition…Any activity within the Buffer Zone (Reserve should only occur with permission from the Lands and survey Department within the Ministry of Resources and Agriculture”.
According to Nigel Petillo, president of BGYEA, they have approached the Government for consultation as this impedes directly on their plans for investment. However, according to Petillo, they have been refused