The New National Party caretaker for this constituency, Kindra Mathurine-Stewart has denied claims that she is down to receive a parcel of land from the current administration describing the statement as malicious and one which represents how a drowning man would cling onto a piece of straw for his political survival.
Mrs Mathurine-Stewart was referring to the National Democratic Congress’ caretaker for this constituency, Tevin Andrew, who at a recent press conference, pointed to several persons including Mrs Mathurine-Stewart who he said are listed in a 2017 document to benefit from crown lands.
This Andrew described as shocking in light that government lands are for landless people.
But Mrs Stewart told Informer’s Inside Carriacou and Petite Martinique that the claim made by Mr Andrew were false, malicious and carefully publicized to create chaos.
Presenting documents, she listed the chronological order in which the entire land issue unfold. In a letter dated February 10th, 2009 she wrote the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique informing the department that she was no longer interested in purchasing crown lands and was requesting the monies, which she had paid for the survey and other financial matters surrounding the land. Presenting further proof; a letter dated February 16th, 2009 (six days later) from the Permanent Secretary at the time, Bernadette Lendore Sylvester responded acknowledging receipt of the letter and assuring her that arrangements would be made to have the monies refunded to her (See Letters).
Mrs Stewart said that in 2008 she applied for a portion of land as she was at the time a law student at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Barbados.
She said that it was in June of 2008 when she received a letter from the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Utilities and Energy informing her that government had approved the sale of a parcel of land at Belair.
It also requested a surveyor fee of $500.00 and down payment of $720.00.
“In essence, I paid $1,220.00 (receipts shown) in 2008 as was requested.
“I reiterate that at that time I was a student at Cave Hill campus
“My financial situation then as a single parent going through university on my own and at that time I think I was fully qualified to apply,” said Mrs Mathurine-Stewart who is an attorney at law.
She said that on July 14th, 2008 she instructed her attorneys to request the survey plan to prepare the conveyance in respect to the land.
Mrs Mathurine-Stewart said at that time she was preparing to enter the Hugh Wooding Law School and thought that if she had received the conveyance she would have been able to secure her student loan.
She said that when she had failed to get a response to her letter in July 2008, she then instructed her attorneys to write to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.
She said the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique responded to her letter dated, 10th February 2009 and her first letter from 2008, on 16th February 2009.
Mrs Stewart said that it is clear that the claims made by her political opponent is baseless and is designed to create mischief.
She said that the only reason why he is spreading such rumours is simply that he is lagging way behind in the poll.
She says that while she is not someone to respond to as she puts it “nonsense” she needs to clear her name on this allegation.
An official of the ministry told Informer’s Inside Carriacou and Petite Martinique that Mr Andrew was quoting names from the old list of 2008 and not the recent one.
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