Submitted by The Scout
Recently Minister of Housing, Mr Michael Lashley made a statement that was a bit disturbing to me, he stated that there are persons who government owe money to for compensation of land acquired over twenty years ago. This is totally unfair and unconstitutional, most of those who are owed money for land acquired, are probably poor people, some who would have either needed this land to plant crops to make a living, for their offspring to build on, or even to sell and invest the money.
Additionally, many of them may be old persons and I’m also sure some of these land/ property owners would have passed on after so long, now their offspring would have to get a court order to pursue this matter. What is happening is tantamount to robbing poor people out of what is legally theirs. It is unacceptable that any government should take that long to pay someone when they have the legal right to acquire that same land after just one missed payment of the property tax.
Does this encourage any locals to own a piece of this rock, when government have the right to take it up and pay you for it at their whims and fancies?
When the payment is eventually disbursed would the property owner be paid at the price twenty years ago or at the present going price?
Is the property owner not entitled to interest on that money for the period of time it took to pay?
Would the property owner have the right to demand payment or must he/she accept an alternative portion of land?
I’m sure there are many other questions that needs to be asked, but suffice it to say that this is totally unacceptable and the matter needs to be settled, the persons paid and this situation never occur again. A time limit of no more than five years should be given for compensation to be made or a penalty placed on government