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Kellman slammed

Social activists severely criticize minister of housing

Minister of Housing Denis Kellman is being slammed for characterizing Six Men’s residents who are complaining about expansion work at Port Ferdinand Marina as squatters.

The criticism has come from social activists David Comissiong and Robert “Bobby” Clarke who accused Kellman of treating residents unfairly in favour of a developer.

Residents close to the St Peter development have complained that they have been left in the dark over plans to build a new road leading into the marina and expressed concern that the digging and dredging work was coming dangerously close to their homes.

However, Minister of Housing and Lands and Denis Kellman told the media last week: “What you might have seen are squatters complaining . . . . The only difference is that the person they are complaining about has permission, but they do not have permission.”

Speaking at the University of Independence Square over the weekend, Comissiong and Clarke said Kellman was wrong to describe the residents in that way.

He said the land was the property of the people, either through labour on the land or Government purchase, so the Minister of Housing was wrong to call residents, squatters.

“He dismissed them as if they didn’t exist,” Commisiong said. “I would like to tell the minister that all the land in Barbados has been paid for many times over by the blood, sweat and tears of the ancestors of the black people of this country. Through centuries of slave labour it has been paid for, and you dismiss black people whose families . . . live there, [for] some wealthy expatriate. You dismiss these people and tell them they are squatters, they have no rights,” Comissiong said.

Clarke reminded the small Independence Square audience that Government, under the former Owen Arthur administration, had bought the land with taxpayers’ money.

He added that the residents were promised development of the area but to this day, “they have more than 200 tenants on that land. They have no roads on that land. You go through little tracks.”

“You have no ownership of that land. You cannot go to a bank and or lending agency or a credit union to put on a toilet on your house, because you have no papers anyway to borrow any money,” Clarke said.

Opposition MP Trevor Prescod described the situation as an example of private sector interests influencing Government.

“Corporate Barbados now has an executive arm in the form of the state. This is a new form of governance all together. One day we were talking about the judiciary, the executive, the legislature, now you got an executive form in the Government.

“And because the politicians . . . go cap in hand and beg them for money in order to carry out these special types of election campaigns in this country, then they have to understand that when they get the millions of dollars, there is something called payback time,” Prescod alleged.

6 Responses to Kellman slammed

  1. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Kellman is an idiot who should be ashamed of labeling anyone.Vote him out next election

  2. jr smith September 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

    As I always say , the political world at large is ,politically corporate corrupt, politicians work for the interest of some people and not in the interest of the people.
    Politicians and others who are figure heads in Barbados ,just say what they like ,without thinking, and bajan politicians cant put the economy right but behave as though they are the best thing since sliced bread.
    Kellman is not the first politician to make a stupid remark, people should not forget them ,just don’t vote for that type of people anymore. We are suppose to be educated ,but are we.

  3. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

    ON YOU DIDN’T Mr kellman….how dare you..because everyone don’t hold out they hands for the almighty $$ or sell they birthright to the highest bidder….they are squatter…remember what comes out of a man mouth defiles him..we are watching and waiting….

  4. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite September 23, 2014 at 10:32 am


  5. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

    The name squatter boils my blood.The politicians are selling out Barbados to the highest bidders ,forgetting the poor who labour hard to build this island,then they are force off where they were born as if they are an embarrassment to the condos and town houses.You can bet these houses will be remove from Six Men’s and place near to a gully .

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Well Barbados politicians been selling out for years nothing new just it picking up speed in tough economic times rich will always win over poor and lets be honest its both political parties that facilitate such actions by minority or majority.


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