Can you blame the people? Before you react to the end of the story or partial ending, can we for a brief moment start from the beginning????
Residential living in that community has been the norm for at least 50 years, we know that much. How long have we gained Independence?????? How many persons living there for the last 50 years voted in both our local and general elections? For you to be eligible to vote in Jamaica, you must be able to prove your identity also your address where you would have lived for at least 6 months I believe. In proving such, you would have to produce an electricity bill at minimum. Whose name appears on the water utility bill as I am sure the powers of be must know that. Therefore electricity could only have been provided once the owner for the premises gave instruction to the power company to provide such for the occupier.
While squatting exists on the Island, and is a thorn we can all agree. We must not lose sight of the fact that each community/region has a Councillor and a Member of Parliament. So how could this be allowed to continue for so many decades is the question? Land ownership or housing occupied or unoccupied should not give rise to squatting. There are laws governing this land, and those in political leadership know them well. If not, certainly with the abundance of attorneys we have as aids or players in our political sphere, the head of government would be and can be at any time be brought up to speed.
People need to be led, they need laws otherwise left to their own volition we would have anarchy, living like uncivilized beings. Enforcement of such laws MUST be constant and not only when it suits the interests of others. Interestingly to note, we have now created through I daresay political design the stark reality that lack of enforcement of laws is now going to hurt both political parties. Are our political parties guilty of giving citizens land whether owned by them or not in turn for votes? Why have we turned a blind eye to squatting for so many decades? Is squatting a form of government welfare? Who exactly makes up our political parties base? Do our utility companies when providing service, ensure that documents tendered for service are as they appear to be, legal? If not, who has been footing the bill for decades and how could informal residential living go on for so long in that community? Do you really blame the reaction of the people 50 years later? If you do, how well thinking could you be?
The root of many ills on the Roc stems from political orchestration. Until those who have a vested interest in this country, who have children and grandchildren and have contributed more than their fair share hold both political parties accountable for the voting machine, we will forever be grasping that quest to achieving our true potential as a country and people.
Red Hills Rd residents upset at MP amid eviction order
(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, October 13, 2016 143 Comments
An angry Tanesha Palmer stomps on a T-shirt bearing her MP’s image while a masked man looks on.
RESIDENTS of 85 Red Hills Road, St Andrew, faced with an eviction order, yesterday lashed out at Member of Parliament (MP) Karl Samuda who they allege has offered them no help.
The residents, who burned T-shirts bearing Samuda’s image in protest, said that their dwellings in the informal community were at risk of being demolished.
“The inspector from up a Constant Spring Police Station come wah day and tell wi seh him get orders fi come tell wi fi leave off di land. Dem come yesterday (Tuesday) again and say no longer than tomorrow (today) the bulldozer a come bulldoze down the whole place,” explained Karen Cohen, who has been living in the community for more than 40 years.
“Wi nuh know nothing, wi nuh hear nothing from nobody, no MP nuh come out here,” Cohen told the Jamaica Observer, yesterday.
She said had it not been for the media she and others would not have known that the land had been sold.
“Right now, wi want to talk to Samuda. From dis a gwaan all now Samuda don’t come represent nothing nor we. Dem nuh show wi nuh title, nothing seh people own the land,” Cohen fumed.
She said they learned, through the media, that a plaza is slated to be built on the land.
“Nobody nuh come seh nothing to wi all now seh where wi fi relocate, and if wi a go get back wi things dem. A just the police dem inna di brown suit wi see a come down here all the while,” Cohen added.
Theresa Smith, another irate resident, said that members of her family have been living in the community for decades and had been contributing to Operation Pride.
“Mi mother a 50-odd, mi grandfather dead inna him 70s, a yah him build up, and all these years nobody no come represent us,” she said.
“Tomorrow mawning (today) we nuh know what a go happen. Police come yah a tell we fi come off and go look place fi live ‘cause people want dem land. Mi want justice, mi have a bar and a shop and ah it mi use send mi pickney dem a school,” Smith said.
Yesterday several calls to Samuda’s cellphone went unanswered.