The Ultimate Cruel Irony – Minister Gline Clarke In Charge Of No Compensation For Land Expropriation!
Nine years ago, Clyde Denny had his home and property expropriated by the Barbados government. For nine years, the government has ignored his pleas for payment, for justice.
The man in charge of this theft of land?
Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke – a Minister of Government who himself corruptly lives on land that the government expropriated from private ownership!
The government promised Clyde Denny compensation for taking his home and land – and paid nothing.
The government promised him a new home, and then did not deliver. The government forced him to hire a lawyer he couldn’t afford.
The Barbados Government took his home nine years ago and has paid him NOTHING to this day.
It is a shame that Mr. Denny isn’t a woman who has sex with Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke.
If he did, he might be able to obtain a new home built on expropriated land – just like the home in this photo…
(see this link for photo and Gline Clarke’s story)
From The Nation News…
Man Still Waiting After Nine Years
NINE YEARS AGO Clyde Denny willingly gave up his house and land to Government so that the Eagle Hall Market could be constructed. Little did he know at the time that it would have left him without any compensation up to this day.
The 76-year-old man who was temporarily relocated to Passage View, Passage Road, St Michael, by Government has been living with his family in the National Housing Corporation-constructed house but has not received any monetary compensation or, alternatively, title deeds to the property he now resides in.
“It is frustrating and stressful,” Denny told the WEEKEND NATION as he pointed out that for the past nine years he had been trying to find out how he would be compensated but to no avail.
He is not the only one affected.
A woman, whose property was also acquired and who was also relocated to Passage View, is in the same predicament, as well as two other people who were relocated from Westbury Road around the same time.
Back in 1999, Denny and his neighbour were informed by way of a letter that the houses in Passage View were being used as “interim accommodation for those persons dislocated by the Bridgetown Roads and Safety Improvement Project”.
They were further informed that the Ministry of Public Works was responsible for the maintenance of the buildings “until a decision is taken regarding the permanent occupancy of these houses”.
Denny, the father of eight, said he had his attorney write to Government and he himself had been in constant contact with officials at the ministry who were responsible for acquiring the land at Eagle Hall and his subsequent relocation, but all he had been receiving was “a lot of static”.
The only time he was ever given some hope was back in 2002 when as a last resort he appealed to then Ombudsman Carl Ince to assist him.
In a letter dated February 26, 2002, Ince wrote him indicating that “at a meeting with the Ministry of Housing and Lands on January 23, 2002, it was decided that the persons relocated to Passage Road who owned their house and land at their previous addresses be granted title to the property in which they currently reside”.
It added that Cabinet would shortly ratify the decision.
But once again Denny’s hopes were shattered when nothing materialised.
“I cannot understand what is going on. It seems that they have forgotten about us,” he lamented.
Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke acknowledged that the handover process for residents living at Passage View indeed had taken too long.
However, he explained that the delay was related to a shortage of surveyors as well as “technical difficulties and inefficiencies in the system”.
But he assured that a unit had been established in the ministry to expedite matters such as this.
Clarke said it was not only Passage View residents who were affected but several more persons who were relocated from other areas including in Four Square, St Philip; Dash Valley, St George and Orange Hill, St James.
He added that Government also had several outstanding matters relating to compensation for acquisition of property and land.
“We know these people have been inconvenienced and they are waiting on Government. We recognise that people like Mr Denny do have legitimate concerns, especially about their age and protecting their children’s inheritance. We will make sure that things are pushed as fast as possible,” he said.
… read the original article online link here