“NDC needs new member”; “No Street, No Vote”; “Kuldeep must go; somebody do something”; “Kuldeep must go; he is bias”, were some of the expressions on placards of residents of Betsy Ground, East Canje as they held a picketing exercise in front of the NDC Office recently to protest the removal of the Canefield/Enterprise NDC Chairman as well as the Village Overseer. They claim the two individuals are mismanaging the resources of the NDC and victimizing residents considered to be enemies of the Council.
However, the ideas and frustrations expressed by the frustrated residents paint a bigger picture; one that states they are fed up with the entire NDC.
The residents are accusing the individuals of “biased behaviour.” One resident, Doodnauth Moses said that the Chairman ordered him to dismantle a shed he built several months ago, at the front of his business premises which the council said is in violation of building codes. “Me neighbour get the same treatment…several other persons get it the same way…20 persons get shed the same way I built mine,” said Moses. He claims that the attack is specifically directed to him because he is a supporter of the Alliance For Change (AFC).
Additionally, the residents claimed the area is underdeveloped with several dilapidated streets, even though the NDC collects rates and taxes. “I don’t want Mr. Kuldeep or the Overseer! Both of them must move! We ain’t want no pensioner to run this NDC– let he go home and rest!” said another resident Rajmattie Pooran.
Another resident, Neil, complained about the prevalence of bushes in the area while yet another criticized the numerous cows roaming the roads, destroying her property and fence. “When I talk to the people them with the cows, they want to kill us,” she added.
Another irate resident said that they need proper drainage in the area, too. “We need water; we need lights; we need Kuldeep and the other man to go…we don’t want them there because they ain’t doing nothing for us… we just dey like dogs, goats and sheep there, so they must go. We need new people who can do the work properly!”
When contacted, Village Overseer, Andrew Lilla said that he is just doing his job. He stated that the list of streets to be repaired has been sent by the NDC to the Region Six RDC, and they are awaiting the commencement of works.
He noted too, that most of the residents, who quarreled about discrimination in relation to the building of sheds and such like, breached the Council’s by-laws. He noted one particular case when the resident was warned to change the design of the building plans.
He noted that ever since he assumed office in December 2011, it appeared that lots of residents were not adhering to the by-laws, “and being here as the Overseer, my job is to advise the Council, and that’s what I’ve been doing.” He refuted allegations of victimization, saying that the Council is just doing its job.
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