Posted: Friday, January 22, 2021. 7:26 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Lands Department has agreed to accept payments on the accounts of 114 first-time landowners that were previously rejected, attorney-at-law Orson J. Elrington reported yesterday during the United Democratic Party press conference.
It comes after Elrington’s law firm wrote the Department threatening litigation, stating that the refusal was “a breach of the agreement which the government had entered into with these persons.”
The Department was locked down immediately following the general elections as rumors of UDP cronies taking documents from the main office in Belmopan raced rampant, following on from reports that outgoing ministers of Government were issuing out parcels of land to voters.
At the recent sitting of the House of Representatives, Hyde gave his assurance that the matter will be fixed to allow first-time landowners to make payments. But as of today, according to Elrington, more than 300 persons are challenging the government on the stop order.
Elrington said his original clients are being informed of the decision individually and applauded the Government for its change of heart while pointing out that it would have been a “lose-lose” case going forward for them.
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