Some four acres of land in Washington, West Coast Berbice (WCB), is currently the subject of dispute between a young couple and government.
Attorney Anil Nandlall meets with the Berbice couple
This land/property battle is just one of many cases involving the government that is engaging the High Court’s attention.
In fact, only recently, a group of rice farmers from Region Five (Mahaica Berbice) successfully gained an injunction forbidding the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) from carrying out its ‘Cancellation of State Land Leases’.
Guyana Times spoke to the Berbice couple, Darshannie and Feroze Mohamed, who explained that government officials have parked equipment including ploughs and tractors on their land in an attempt to prevent them from conducting any form of activities there.
The couple identified the persons who are employed within the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) who have prevented them from utilising their land.
According to the couple, the RDC insisted that the land belongs to the State.
When the matter was taken to the Police Station, the ranks reportedly informed the couple that a senior government official instructed them not to take action on the matter.
As a last resort, the couple retained the services of Attorney Anil Nandlall to take the government to court.
Guyana Times understands that a writ for trespass has already been filed seeking injunctions to remove and restrain the individuals in question from interfering with the land.
Notably, the couple during an interview with this newspaper presented documentations to show they are owners of the land. The transport shows that the land has been in private ownership since 1947.