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Squatters not complying with Crown Land warning

The bus being used as a makeshift home

The bus being used as a makeshift home

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NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe. (File photo)

By JADE RUSSELL

jrussell@tribunemedia.net

National Security Minister Wayne Munroe said some squatters have failed to comply with his 14-day warning to vacate Crown Land.

After a recent National Pine Forest ride in the Carmichael Road area, it was discovered that a woman and her family had been living there illegally in a school bus.

The minister had previously told reporters that the Department of Social Services was made aware of the situation. He noted it would be up to the family to take the assistance that is available and that no one can force people to get help.

However, in an interview with The Tribune on Friday, Mr Munroe revealed that the woman found living in the bus has not been receptive to the warning to vacate.

“I understand Minister Obie Wilchcombe, his permanent secretary, and another member from Social Services were taken up there to have a discussion with her,” Mr Munroe said. “Where she has refused to move. So, when we get around to that section of the work that has to be done, a decision will have to be made about exactly how to approach it. “

Mr Munroe added that the Ministry’s position still stands for squatters to vacate Crown Land.

“She cannot live occupying and trespassing on anyone’s property, much less the property of all The Bahamian people, “ Mr Munroe said.

The minister said officials will be in charge of executing the plan of clearing illegal activities on Crown Land.

“At the end of the operation we intend to bring law and order to the areas in New Providence, Andros, Grand Bahama, and Abaco,” Mr Munroe said.

The minister said every operation will be different depending on the circumstances.

“In every area we find different challenges and assess the best way to address them,” the minister said. “An execution plan will come up for every area then there will be a matter of dealing with it.”

Comments

JokeyJack 3 months, 1 week ago

This poor lady. Doesn't she realize that she's only a Bahamian in this country? Here, it's the worst nationality anyone can be.

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

she cannot construct a sewer system on top of a pure water reservoir. she sounds like a perfect candidate for the Rise program, she has a set of dire circumstances but she's clealy shown inititative to improve them and she has a willingness to work to support herself.

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birdiestrachan 3 months, 1 week ago

She is disobeying the law if it is all right for her it will have to be all right for the thousands who will follow her

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moncurcool 3 months ago

Don't waste your time trying to reason with birdie. There is no objective reasoning or critical thinking in anything birdie puts forward, only blind political partisanship.

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TalRussell 3 months, 1 week ago

You know crown minister of security, just maybe you could've, should've picked on a softer security target elsewhere than the entrenched Comrade Sister Bus Lady ... "penso di si" ― Yes?

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

"some squatters have failed to comply"

Oxymoron

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hrysippus 3 months ago

Thisusyours. It is not an oxymoron as squatting is not illegal in this country. Please try to improve your English language and Comprehension .

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birdiestrachan 3 months ago

No matter what one can not call wrong right , it is Important not to set trends unless the buses will never end it has nothing to do with PLP or FNM it is about County

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FreeportFreddy 3 months ago

Huh....ENGLISH?? DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH???

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M0J0 3 months ago

The complex part with shanty towns is that majority are owned by Bahamians and are being leased to the Haitians.

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M0J0 3 months ago

Last I checked you can maintain the land but you cannot occupy it until given approval.

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