AG Threatens Legal Action If Barbuda Council Issues Land Certificates

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POINTE XPRESS: Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin has issued a stern warning to the Barbuda Council to refrain from moving ahead with their plan to issue Certificates of Allotment to residents who have acquired land.

In a notice issued on 4th November, 2022, the Barbuda Council Lands Department informed the public that the certificate is a “Collective Title” which serves to confirm ownership of land in Barbuda.

This, the Council claims, is being done as they continue to upgrade the local land registration and distribution process.

AG Benjamin, however, says the Barbuda Council has no authority to take these actions which are considered “wholly unlawful and unconstitutional, and all such allotments void”.

In a statement, Minister Benjamin said the Barbuda Council has no legal or constitutional authority to allot land to anyone “without the sanction and approval of the Cabinet of the Unitary State of Antigua and Barbuda. And certainly, no power to vest any ownership of any land in Barbuda”.

He added, “Further, as this purported action comes after the long history of losing cases in the local courts and more recently in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, I must condemn this action on the part of the Barbuda Council as a cheap political stunt.”

The Barbuda Council, in detailing its plan and soliciting the cooperation of the Barbudan public, said its land officers will be moving throughout the community to gather information from land occupiers with a view to expediting the registration process for acquiring the Certificate of Allotment.

This process, the Council continued, could be completed by visiting the lands office with the relevant documentation commencing Monday 7th November, 2022.

Attorney General Benjamin has warned, however, if the Barbuda Council does not abandon its plan, legal action will be taken against the body.

“I therefore wish to advise the Council that this blatant partisan usurpation of authority and stunt, must cease immediately, failing which legal action will be taken forthwith.”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. My how quick you responded to this Barbuda Land issue, BUT YOU HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO THE POLICE, PRISON OFFICERS AND THE FORGERY ISSUE.

    YOU AND GASTON AND ABLP HAVE TO GO.
    GET RID A DEM

  2. The headline should have been: AG Threatens to cut back on his eating of too much food and exercise more.

  3. They held on to the plywood, left us to live in tents and now they want to take the lands that the tents occupy.
    Labourites, ABLP are a wicked set a people.
    Let’s defend our lands by any means necessary.
    Who is the minister of finance?
    Who is the minister of lands?
    Follow the money my people.

  4. The labour government ministers just want to grab up all the choice seafront lands in Barbuda for $2 and $3 a square ft as they do in Antigua. And what they don’t take, they will give to colonizers.

  5. They send for one he is in Jamaica, how come this one will not take a trip to America, have he ever done anything that’s unlawful

  6. Oh my, oh gosh what a wonderful world. Trust me each one of these politicians day of reckoning will come. Todays autocrats and corrupt politicians are the wealthiest in the world. They deny their citizens the right to owns a piece of land to build a home while they go to North America and Europe to purchase mansions and palaces. They’ll steadily strip you of your common human right and dignity to own a piece land in the country of your birth While they sell to the white man at a price that you cannot afford. They get very wealthy while selling their own into slavery.

  7. Cutie, stop threatening these guys. Just do what needs to be done. Whoever ends up in jail, too bad for him.

    • Once you live upright you don’t have to worry about jail. But those guys from the BPM and walking a thin line. And one day they may just cross the line. And when that day comes, no mercy should be shown to them at all. When you defy even a Privy Council judgement then you are really asking to be locked up.

      • @From The Sideline
        Locking up is a minor price to pay. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther king were not afraid to pay the ultimate price. When this wicked and thieving government is rushing to have a land registry in Barbuda just before an election so the politicians and their elks can take all the prime lands, Barbudans and Antiguans should be pleased with this? And ungodly people like you see nothing wrong with this. All the Antiguan assets that these people have and they still crave more. They can’t take it with them and their children will be cursed. What did Lester Bird take with him? His children are now auctioning off all the government lands in Emerald Cove. What is Pussy Salad going to do with his? I guess he will be buried on it.

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