Armstrong report clear
In December 2012, the entire country’s attention was focused on the stand-off between the Highway Reroute Movement and the Government. In fairness to the population, there was a lack of clarity surrounding the technical issues, as both sides had very conflicting views.
The Government subsequently agreed to an independent technical review, coordinated by the Joint Consultative Council (JCC) and headed by Senator Armstrong. This review was conducted by a team of 20 professionals specialised in all areas of the technical review, and was paid for by the Government. The Armstrong report was made public by the JCC and is on the JCC website for all to view.
The Armstrong report is clear. There are serious concerns raised and numerous recommendations that call on the Government to halt construction on the Debe-to-Mon Desir section of the highway. It is unthinkable anyone who has read this report—far more, a government—would ignore its recommendations and continue construction without addressing the numerous concerns and recommendations.
The Armstrong report removes all ambiguity on the issue. The facts are now clear and in the public domain. For the Government to continue works as if the Armstrong report were never done, force the residents to block tractors and then arrest individuals for doing so is improper, and a continued expression of disrespect for the people of this nation. The recommendations of the Armstrong report must be adhered to, and the construction of the highway halted until all concerns are addressed. What is right is right, and what is wrong will always be wrong!
Vernon B De Lima