Branded as squatters

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Senator Wilfred Abrahams has accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of aiding in the underdevelopment of the St Michael East constituency.

“The Government has turned a blind eye to the people of this constituency. It has branded a lot of the people in this constituency squatters and it has ignored them,” Abrahams said Saturday during a BLP walk–through.

Abrahams expressed shock and outrage at the unpaved roads, garbage pile-up and poor drainage that residents of Licorish Village have to live with.

Accusing the DLP of gross mismanagement during its nine years in office, Senator Abrahams said “the responsibility for governance and for the uplifting of the people in Barbados rests solely and squarely on this Democratic Labour Party Government. How can they be talking flippantly about the next five years when they have done nothing for the last nine years for the people out here?”

Abrahams singled out Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr Denis Lowe for the majority of the blame for the deteriorating environmental conditions in the country.

“Minister Lowe has a lot to answer for to the public of Barbados with respect to their living conditions and with respect to the degradation of the environment in Barbados. The environment has gone downhill . . . The Minister of the Environment has proved himself not just incompetent but indifferent to the plight of people,” Abrahams said.

Following Lowe’s accusation last week that members of his constituency posted defamatory signs on his residence, Abrahams argued that the Minister of Environment has shown his disregard for his constituents and the people of Barbados.

“That is not a Minister who is caring for his people, that is somebody who is indifferent to what he says, indifferent to what he does, indifferent to the people of his constituency and how they are impacted and he is indifferent to the people of Barbados and how his failure as a minister has impacted upon them,” Abraham said.

As it relates to rectifying the environmental problems plaguing Barbados, the BLP representative for St Michael East, Trevor Prescod, said the 2008 Owen Arthur–led  BLP Government left the plans for a Canadian-sponsored reverse osmosis plant.

Prescod accused the DLP Government of abandoning the project which was to be funded by the Canadian government to the tune of Bds$80 million. (KK)

34 Responses to Branded as squatters

  1. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith March 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Mr Abrahams,you got me confused,if they are branded as squatters,or are squatters,how in the hell the government suppose to help them develop,this makes no sense,therefore you will be encouraging these people in breaking the law.
    Silly season have really began……….Stupse.

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd March 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      MICHELLE YOU LIKE YOU EAT BARE CORNCURLS AS A CHILD AND STILL DO!!

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      • Peter March 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        Lliian. your comment to Michelle is stupidity to the extreme It clearly exposes your ignorance. You do not know the lady’s eating habits. I will be presumptuous and say you Lillian Lloyd probably misses your Corncurls. I’m sure everyone recognizes you from a distance. By the orange powder stain-like marks round your mouth. Thank you Michelle.

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith March 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Lilian maybe that’s why I got more sense than you,because I for one will not stand by and hear persons talk nonsense or try to enable persons,and condone it,what he is saying is complete nonsense,and for you too come at me with your nonsensical comment make you just as ignorant his comment.
      Maybe you should try eating some corn curls too see if you can make meaningful conversations.

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    • Marty March 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Michelle all lands belong to god you consider if they’re squatters then your party should not come knocking on their doors asking them to vote for them.

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  2. Peter March 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Michelle, You are correct. They are either squatters or they are not. What does branded here mean? Honestly? This sounds like Political nit picking. Get some facts. Who own the lands? Are they in compliance with health and hygienic requirements? Do these seemingly occupied premises have official postal address? legal Electrical C and telephone connectivity Do any of them have credit accounts? What investigation have you done? Barbados Today need Professional reporters who will fact-find and ask searching questions before rushing to electronic print. They claim that they present “News you can trust.” Obviously you can’t believe. These so called squatters are either bullies nor homeless individuals looking to survive thus they are seemingly taking the easy, free ride out. It further signifies how hard things are in Barbados. Spin it whichever way you want to.

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  3. Ricardo O
    Ricardo O'neal March 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    The had squatters long time before DLP win government in 2008 buddy or u forget , u jus want votes ,

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  4. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Do Lillian and Michelle know each other?lol

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith March 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Denis she don’t know me from Adam,she is just one of those persons who jumps on bandwagon,so before I have too call her out of her name,I am going too leave it right here.

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  5. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix March 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Stupseeee,he joking right

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  6. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    But Abrahams, let’s be fair. Are they squatters? If so what would you prefer them to be termed.
    This is not an issue that started in 2009 so don’t go down that road. Speak about what can be done for these people but don’t act as if this is a new phenomenon.

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  7. Greengiant March 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    These persons living illegally on state lands not approved for human habitation have been allowed to do so during the governing of the Owen Arthur lead administration. Trevor and wood benefited from these votes, and now Wilfred plans to cash in on the Rock Hall squatting community.

    Most of these people are regional nationals who expect to gain access to this land via the Electoral campaigning period. This is why both major parties needs to be replaced. They’re loaded with lawyers and can’t draft the legislation to cease this illegal practice. These political cronies have no intention of addressing this issue and is only mentioned during election season. This squatting issue has not been mentioned since the last election, both these parties have benefited from the squatting communities and are hoping to again. If foreign nationals are squatting here, it means they can’t afford to live here and they should go home. It’s that simple.

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  8. Kammie Holder March 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Politicians are damn self serving and encouraged squatting. Sad that gaining a seat trumps wellbieng of country. Yrdfolism will become more rampant as politicians kickoff the silly season. When partisans get a brain?

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  9. Aequitas Y. Veritas March 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Actually, if a “squatter” holds a territory after a given period and is uncontested or it fails to make court then the area in question is no longer squatting it is their real estate – the length of time varies on the circumstances (5 to 15 years depending), similar to a renting tenant with a Landlord who provides no rent book, then the tenant is entitled to 2 years rent free if having to relocate on short notice and there is no proof of a rent book which many Landlords do to avoid VAT…

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  10. Donild Trimp March 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    If they are squatters, the houses must be bulldozed to the ground.

    What is it with Barbados and this continued entilement mentality.

    I doubt the veracity of this story labeling these people squatters.

    There is no way a Gov’t will allow people to just build houses on Gov’t land without any kind of approval. Is Barbados becoming a free for all society, the land of the lawless where every one can do as they please with no regard to rules and regulations?

    This is irresponsible reporting by BT.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 20, 2017 at 1:51 am

      You does really write a roll of …. believing that it is intelligent stuff. The government do not have to allow squatting but certainly have condone squatting for doneky years. Successive governments from the two political crappy parties have both allowied it to reach the problamatic levels that it is right now. Do the squatters in the Belle area or those in the Odessa McClean Avenue in My Lords Hill (who were connected from a specific water supply that was not on the grid and hence not being paid for) remained iin squat until the authorities decided, after donkey years, to deal with them? You write a bunch of … thinking that you are the online guru that must put everyones comments in perspective. Mr Intelligent Trump the government would not allow it so I am wondering oh WISE ONE; how did the numbers of squatters grew over the years? You know what you are on the SSS radar.

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  11. Donild Trimp March 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    * entitlement mentality.

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  12. Sheron Inniss March 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Donild Trimp you for real? Just check the Belle,up by the airport, to name a few. The pit deep and wide and both the Ds and Bs allowed and encouraged it. How come they don’t push down a lot of them but always after legal home owners?

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  13. Mikey March 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    @Sheron Inniss, you hit the bull’s eye,, they use those people for their own advantage, but push down shops and houses in other parts of this country. God does not sleep !!!

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  14. Logan Peirce March 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Actually, if a “squatter” holds a territory after a given period and is uncontested or it fails to make court then the area in question is no longer squatting it is their real estate – the length of time varies on the circumstances, similar to renting tenant with a Landlord who provides no rent book, then the tenant is entitled to 2 years rent free if having to relocate on short notice and there is no proof of a rent book which many Landlords do to avoid VAT

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    • Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Logan – Exactly. True statement. The government knows this too.

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  15. Bajan First March 20, 2017 at 6:15 am

    The country needs to have a team with responsibility to monitor squatting and report it. This should be followed by immediate action to stop the construction _ bulldozing of whatever has been started

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  16. Calloutlies March 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Can someone suggest somewhere for these folks to go. Who is responsible for the most vulnerable in our society. Why are these people squatters, have either party found a solution to help these and other so called squatters. I guess because you are a squatter you shouldn’t be afforded the luxury of garbage collection seemingly being implied by Michelle Griffith. I am sure those so caled squatters make a contribution to the government coffers just like any of you. I am sure those persons go to the supermarkets and shop therefore paying vat. I am disappointed in Cammie who I would expect would be lobbying government to use available technology to make these areas safe for development and offer these people a chance to buy the land at an affordable price. Government after Government have spent tons of money on other wasted projects but don’t see it fit to spend money to help the ordinary citizen. And we ably assist by coming here and talking down those who need the help. I am in no way saying that squatting on someone’s land is correct but the Government can assist. I don’t subscribe to this party nonsense. I believe that either government realise that it is the responsibility of any sitting Government to assist in housing its people. We sit idly by as this Government in particular allowed one company to have a large piece of land at a ridiculous price to build houses that poor people cannot afford. Have any of these so called squatters ever been offered such a lovely deal. NO. Why? Because all they can offer is a vote no kickback. Lastly it would be great if the yard fowls would read the entire article and deal with the entire message. We will never as a people have the power to make changes if we continue to look at things from a party perspective. Push party aside and let us realise the power of the people.

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    • Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

      @Calloutlies – well said, it is all part of the indoctrination and self hate syndrome. This is called political manipulation and advantage taking of a sheeple people. Mind you if you ask any one of those residents you will find that they were living there for way more that 9yrs. Black on black. Look at how many projects that the BLP abandoned which the DLP started. They have no understanding or harmonious relationship with their own people. And if you think that the garbage thing is bad now, watch what happens when the sanitation service is privatize. MIND YOU THERE ARE ALSO FOWL, SHARK AND RED HERRING COMMENTING ON THIS PAPER INCLUDING THE 1%.

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  17. Donild Trimp March 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    @Sheron Inniss – I plead ignorance to this revelation of squatters in Barbados.

    What irks me the most is a piece in another medium implicating some of these squatters as illegals from other Caribbean countries coming into Barbados and just building houses on the Government’s land.

    @Jennifer – maybe I am from another planet but I don’t see this as any black on black issue if the reporting is true where any Tom, Dick and Harry from other Caribbean countries can just come into Barbados and build a house on Government lands without permission showing total disregard for the rules and regulations the citizens of Barbados must adhere to.

    If such is the case, the authorities should bulldoze every one of those illegally constructed homes and send everyone of the perpetrators back to whichever country they came from.

    Is Barbados the wild, wild west where every individual is a law under themselves?

    If the allegations prove to be true, the authorities must bring a stop to this madness.

    —— and Jennifer, you are a returning national, did you believe that at the time you returned to Barbados you could have just gone and construct a house anywhere without permission from the authorities?

    This is BS.

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  18. Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Donild – Why would you see???? Black on black due to wickedness such as misleading, jedi politics tricks, political football shyte, and the like.

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  19. Jennifer March 20, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Put systems in place to deal with this shyte in the first place. And provide affordable housing and lands, and not for the vultures and great eagles to do all the eating.

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    • Donild Trimp March 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      @Jennifer – I agree systems should be put in place to deal with “this shyte” and that “affordable housing and lands should be provided” but my question to you is this, if the reporting is true, why should people residing in Barbados illegally be accorded this privileged?

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  20. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 20, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Would say anything for a vote! Stupse….

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    • Donild Trimp March 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      @ Sharon Taylor – are you a squatter?

      * and may I add, if the reporting is true, why should people residing in Barbados illegally be allowed to build houses on land they did not purchase, specifically Gov’t land?

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  21. Charmaine March 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    My problem is, why do we let more houses be built. I would bulldoze any new one before it get two boards off the ground. There will be some sorting out for the ones that are already there, but no NEW ONES! We are talking about the pollutions of our Zone 1 water table.
    An inspector needs to visit every week and deal with the situation. It all comes down to getting people to sell the small lots. Or making it possible for these small lots to be rented and if Government, Church or Overseas or Local Bajan are sitting on these lots how can we make it advantageous for them to rent or sell? There is a Need.

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  22. Donild Trimp March 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    @Sunshine Sunny Shine – From what I can see, you seem to be the one writing a “roll of …. believing that it is intelligent stuff”

    You posted the following: “Successive governments from the two political crappy parties have both allowied it to reach the problamatic levels that it is right now”

    So according to your logic, because this was allowed in the past it is ok now for it to continue. Is that the reasoning of an intelligent person? I think not.

    Many times these issues are not known to the general public until someone in the know reveals it and it appears that is what happened in this case.

    You seem to be the one who knew this was going on in Barbados for a long time as is evident from your statement, so why did you not put it out there in the public forum?

    Maybe you are one of the squatters, one of the entitlement lot who thinks that breaking the law is acceptable.

    The only solution to this madness is to bulldoze everyone of the illegally constructed houses.

    KNOCK THEM ALL DOWN including yours. I have no sympathy for people who show no respect for authority. Don’t care if they are poor and hungry and the sooner those illegally constructed houses are crushed to the ground, the better.

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  23. Tony Waterman March 21, 2017 at 12:34 am

    If as Donild Trimp is alleging from what he has read somewhere, the Most if not ALL of these Squatters are ILLEGAL ALIENS, why then does the Immigration Dept Not arrest them, like some of our have been and will be done in The USA, and repatriating them to the Country of Origin??
    I see NO gain for any Political “B or D” as ILLEGALS “SHOULD” not be eligible to Vote for either one of Them (Should NOT i say)

    I believe that we STILL have a Weird Squatters LAW in Barbados, and if they are allowed to Squat on that Land for a certain number of Years, they can by our present Laws Claim that Land as theirs (ASK SAGICOR) it has happened to them with the Rasta Family with the Land they Purchased from the Plantation Owner, as far as i know the Rasta Community is still LEGALLY occupying that piece of Land.

    The worst case of this squatting is those that are being allowed to Remain in the Belle area, which is our LAST BIG Wayer Acquefer in Barbados, and if that becomes CONTAMINATED, God alone can help us, if .

    Here is alist od Ilnesses that we can be affected by, if the Squatters problem at the BELLE is NOT dealt with Promptly.

    Botulism,Campylobacteriosis,Cholera,E. coli Infection,M. marinum infection,Dysentery,Legionellosis (two distinct forms: Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever),Leptospirosis,Salmonellosis,Typhoid fever,Vibrio Illness,Hepatitis A,Poliomyelitis (Polio),Polyomavirus infection,SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

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    • Donild Trimp March 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      @Tony Waterman – my problem really is not with the citizens of Barbados who through no fault of theirs ended up as squatters.

      My problem is allowing foreigners to remain in Barbados illegally and then build homes on land they are not entitled to.

      Can a Barbadian jump on a plane, go to Guyana or St.Lucia or St.Vincent and just start building houses on vacant land?

      What kind of nonsense is this?

      I am mad as hell that the authorities can allow this type of lawlessness to continue in Barbados.

      I was able to speak to a Minister about this and he assured me he is going to take a serious look at the allegations.

      I do not live in Barbados but I own property in Barbados and I pay my taxes.

      Enough is enough.

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