by Agyeman Kofi
I have but one favour to ask, after reading my rant and you think my rant from my Soap Box is a legitimate. I ask that you add your voice by commenting and forwarding to everyone on your contact list and ask them to do the same. We have 115,312 persons in Barbados on Facebook and the politicians need to know how we the voters feel. I have a negative friend who tells me Bajans are too busy to care about their rights unless it directly relates to them and I am wasting my time. Help me prove him wrong!
So let me want rant as the politicians have being saying recently and reiterate its not my intention to promote anarchy. My only aim is truth,justice, equality, transparency and integrity as well preservation of the social fabric.
In 2011 the only things bajans seem willing to fight for is cake at PriceSmart. Many of you want to reap corn but not plant, but freedom is only gained and maintained through fight.
Why in 2011 neither the ruling DLP or the opposition BLP have seen the common sense in introducing Alien Land Ownersip Legislation. Our grandparents were slaves on the plantations and were rewarded with parcels of land after much exploitation. Many, in money ignorance have being selling and who aint selling, getting it compulsory acquired. Could our politicians be suffering from a case of using their bowels more than their brains or them just visionless.
South Africa with a land mass of 1.2 million square kilometres have found it necessary to introduce Alien Land Ownership Legislation. Yet, in Barbados the people who have built Barbados are being relegated to enclaves such as Coverly where they get to own a house with very restrictive covenants on their dying bed at age 65. Are my people thinking? Do the average Barbadian understand what is a legacy.
Foreign investors must be welcomed and in the free market system its only fair that land fetch its greatest economic value but at what cost in a country 166 Square Miles. How many of you are aware that many low level civil servants and low income persons have to be working for in excess of $2500 or join with someone to get a mortgage? Questions we need to ask ourselves, will our children and children be uprooted and be citizens without a home thanks to the purchase of land by foreigners with cash to spare. After the feting and partying are we so drunk in our docility to be unable to demand better from our politicians.
It would be wrong and highly irresponsible of me to ask Barbadians to boycott the next election unless the parliament of Barbados deems it necessary to gives us Alien Land Ownership Legislation.