Monday, January 22, 2018

Vendors planning to sue PoS mayor

VENDORS who were removed from the streets of Port of Spain earlier this month have signalled their intention to sue Port of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing because they said he was depriving them of their right to earn a livelihood.

Attorney Martin George yesterday sent a letter to Lee Sing's office at the Port of Spain City Corporation, City Hall highlighting the "forcible removal of vendors along Henry Street and Independence Square" two Fridays ago.

George represents ten of the displaced vendors Denise Thomas, Brenda Keil, Selina Rambally, Cyrus Alexander, Gregory Ellis, Omatie Seecharan, Alvin Augustine, Sonia Williams, Osayaba Muhammed and Andra Rock Weeks.

"We are instructed that on March 2, 2012 ACP Naipaul led a team of officers from the Traffic Branch and forcibly removed our clients from their vending locations along Henry Street and Independence Square without any prior notice of their intention and causing great damage and loss to our clients," the letter stated.

"Our clients have been vending in the aforesaid area for over 20 years and their livelihood and those of their family members and employees depend significantly on the continuation of their legitimate business and enterprises as vendors in Port of Spain," the letter stated.

George has called on Lee Sing to "expediently investigate" the matter and reach a resolution with the aggrieved vendors who have "been deprived of their right to earn a livelihood and have been the victims of other fundamental breaches of the constitutional rights since March 2, 2012".

George called for "good sense to prevail" to avoid taking the matter to the courts.

The letter also was forwarded to Local Government Minister Chandresh Sharma.