President Anthony Carmona
‘Wayne free to meet any president’
Moonilal gives out 108 certificates of comfort...
Susan Mohammed email@example.com
activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is free to meet with President Anthony Carmona, or any other person, since its a democratic society.
Leader of Government Business Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday made the statement as he spoke to reporters, following the distribution of certificates of comfort for land under the Land For the Landless programme at City Hall, San Fernando.
Moonilal said: “He (Kublalsingh) is free to meet with the President of the country, the president of the business association, the president of a village council. That is the democratic process.”
He added: “His Excellency meeting with citizens is a good thing. I imagine the President meets with citizens on a range of matters.”
Carmona and leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) Kublalsingh met yesterday at President’s House, St Ann’s, for almost two hours.
Following the meeting, Kublalsingh said the President wanted to read the Highway Review Committee’s report in its entirety and will meet with the HRM again in September.
Kublalsingh and the HRM returned to the pavement outside the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair where they have been involved in a silent protest since last week Monday.
Kublalsingh met with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last Thursday, but the meeting ended abruptly.
Of the meeting, Moonilal said: “The day after he (Kublalsingh) requested a meeting with her (Persad-Bissessar), she met with him. So that I thought that was very good for her to facilitate the meeting.
“Regrettably, Mr Kublalsingh did not come out feeling good out of the meeting. But they have had meetings. I don’t think Mr Kublalsingh is getting things the way that he wants.”
The Land Settlement Agency (LSA) yesterday presented 108 families with certificates of comfort.
Among the recipients were Celestine Joefield, 92, of Sookhoo Trace, Claxton Bay; and Cyril Cummings, who is visually impaired, of Rig Road, Claxton Bay.
Moonilal said in 2012, the LSA investigated 5,194 applications, of which 2,419 were processed to the final stage.
“With this ceremony this morning, the LSA would have delivered in excess 1,000 certificates of comfort. This means that over 1,000 persons and their family, their dependents, can lay claim to a piece of land which you can call your home.
“But we are not only regularising you; our objective is to improve the living conditions and welfare of persons who were previously deemed to be squatters,” said Moonilal.
He said the LSA was in the process of putting in water, roads, drains, electricity and waste-water systems in various parts of the country, including Ramlal Street and Sunrees Road in Penal; Kangalee Street in Valencia; St Mary’s Village in Moruga; Arena Road in Freeport; and La Phillipine in Gran Couva.