Opposition turned govt into ‘real estate agency’ – PM Nagamootoo
DPI, Guyana, Monday, July 8, 2019
Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo has accused the former Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) administration of turning the government into a real estate agency.
The opposition’s elite, he said, helped themselves to prime government lands, on which some of them built mansions and resold at huge profits.
Citing what he described as shameful and scandalous heists of state lands at the notorious “Pradoville 1” and “Pradoville 2”, the Prime Minister said that “these should be the last persons in the world to criticise land distribution under the Coalition Government as corrupt”.
The Prime Minister made these remarks on Saturday evening at the Mahaica Primary School, to a packed audience from the Old Road area, during a government outreach. He was accompanied by the Sport Director, Christopher Jones, youth activist and Attorney-at-Law James Bond, and Regional Vice-Chairman, Earle Lambert.
The Prime Minister said that he has been in public life for almost six decades and at no time, not even while he was a government minister, has he applied for a plot of state land.
“I bought my own land, built my house in North Sophia, and lived there with my family for all the years while serving as a government minister,” he said to loud applause.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo described the attacks by the opposition against land distribution to certain persons of African descent as racist. “These are the people who gave away prime lands and state assets to their friends and party cronies, but now that Africans are getting titles, they cry foul,” he stated.
He noted three primary types of land entitlements, namely, communal title to our Indigenous peoples; lease and hereditary lands on the coast, including lands that were allocated in lieu of repatriation of East Indian immigrants; and ancestral lands, portions of which had been purchased by freed African slaves.
“There is enough land for all our peoples, and all are entitled equally to the 83,000 square miles of Guyana,” the Prime Minister said.
The Mahaica Old Road residents made vigorous representation for distribution of available lands for agricultural purposes, pointing out to the Government team that many young persons in the area have nothing beneficial to do. Supporting their request for youth involvement in agriculture, the Prime Minister retorted, “the Devil finds work for idle hands!”
They also represented that the streets and bridges in Lima Dam, Danrade Dam, Hand-en-Veldt, Jaghai Dam and Jonestown are in dire need of maintenance, as they accused the PPP-run Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) with willful neglect of their communities.
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