Response to Newspaper Story re Demolition of Homes for SHH Extension
RESPONSE TO ARTICLE
IN THE NEWSDAY NEWSPAPER DATED 2014-04-07
WRITTEN BY CECILY ASSON
Reference is made to an article published in the Newsday Newspaper dated 2014-04-07 entitled ‘Pastor prays as bulldozers ready to clear path for highway, ‘Jesus, Save my Church’ written by Ms. Cecily Asson. In this article, Ms. Asson wrote that, “Pastor Imtiaz Ameerali, head of the Miracle Fountain of Life Ministries in Debe Trace yesterday promised to “fight to the bitter end” to save his church from being flattened by bulldozers as work continues apace on the highway”. She further went on to write that, “Over the last four weeks, 18 houses, two of which are close to the church, have been allegedly bulldozed”.
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI) wishes to advise the following:
- The owners of those eighteen homes have been relocated and satisfactorily compensated for their properties after negotiation and agreement by both parties.
- At present, there is an ongoing dispute between Pastor Ameerali and the parent body of his Church with regard to the ownership of the church structure. This affects the issue of compensation.
- The Ministry has asked both parties to come to a resolution in this matter. In the meantime MOWI is progressing with works with a view to completing the Highway.
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