Ivelaw Flue, a farmer who lives on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, near the Timerhi junction, was displaced from his home on Saturday, October 11 when workers believed to be from the Ministry of Works demolished his building.
The 74-year-old pensioner said that he lived on his premises for 14 years before “government officials” demolished his home and two other buildings that were also owned by him.
At the time of the demolition, Flue was attending a church meeting. He said that he was so shocked to see his razed property that he fainted when he returned to the location.
According to Flue, he has lived and farmed on his plots of land since April 1, 2001, and has never been informed by the government of any plans to move him.
As a former People’s Progressive Party supporter, he believes that he was deliberately targeted by the government and current party supporters since he changed his party affiliations.
“The land was given to me by the PPP,” he declared. “And I feel that since I don’t support them no more they want tek out they spite on me.”
The farmer explained that he was never vocal about his political affiliations and that he only attended few opposition functions in his local area.
He said that, “From what I understand, they take rope and a truck to break up me things.”
His neighbour, Joan Wright, who was home at the time, described that while Flue was away, some men in uniforms with badges and a truck arrived at the residence to “break down he house”.
She also recounted that the men presented her with no official documentation giving them permission to demolish her neighbour’s residence nor were any police officials present to oversee the operation.
Flue’s neighbour, who is 68 and also a pensioner, went on to say that when she tried to understand why the men were destroying her neighbour’s residence, one of the men came out of the truck and threatened her with his cutlass.
Wright also explained that the men were going to break down her home as well but that due to her protestations, they gave her up to today to relocate from the premises, failing which her house would be torn down too.
Another neighbor, Deonarine Singh, also said that he had up to today to relocate or his residence will be brought down.
Other residents of the area are awaiting official word as to what will become of the rest of their homes, while Flue has set up a makeshift “shack” to stay until he can rebuild his home at the said location.
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