Antiguans to be allowed to purchase land in Barbuda

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The Antigua and Barbuda government has announced its intention to allow people, born in Antigua, or any citizen of the country to be able to purchase land in Barbuda.

The commitment was made clear by Prime Minister Gaston Browne who stated in the wrap-up of the National Debate in the House of Representatives that Antigua and Barbuda is a unitary state and that any citizen should be al- lowed to purchase land any- where in the country.

During the current session of parliament, PM Browne said he is determined to see this happen and also advised that the government will be tabling legislation to give effect to the policy.

He dismissed the assertion, still entertained by the representative of Barbuda and many Barbudans, that land on the sister isle is owned by the people in common.

“You were tenants in common on crown land and the Privy Council has ruled that your assertion is wrong and has been wrong for a long time.

“All the land of Antigua and Barbuda are vested in the crown, according to the Privy Council,” the prime minister declared.

The Barbuda Council fought the government on the matter and has lost their case in every step of the court system in the country, including the final court of appeal, the Privy Council in London.

Attorney General, Stead- roy Benjamin, was highly critical of the Barbuda representatives, for stating that he would abide by whatever decision the Privy Council rendered, but even after the Council lost, both he and his acolytes have refused to accept the ruling.

The Prime Minister and the Attorney General, in their separate presentations berated the Barbuda representatives for continuing to peddle untruths to the Barbuda people and for creating, in their minds, the notion that there is an alternative to the Privy Council’s ruling.

During the cross talk in the debate, the representative could be heard issuing what some may interpret as an intention to create mischief should the government pro- ceed in making it possible for Antiguans and other nationals to purchase land in Barbuda.

It was also noted that the Barbuda representative owns property in Antigua, along with other members of the Council.

“If you can own land in Antigua, why can’t any An- tiguan own land over there? I am asking the members of the other side if they agree to this idea?” the prime minister queried. – POINTE XPRESS NEWSPAPER

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  1. Gaston, we know who is interested in the lands in Barbuda and it is not the ordinary Antiguans. You and your family done own all the prime lands in Antigua and now you want the thiefing to continue in Barbuda. When you greedy you don’t know when your belly full.
    Trevor Walker can own lands in Antigua. Do you have an issue with all the white foreigners owing lands in Antigua?
    We almost got rid of you and your night soil gang in the last election. Hopefully, more people will come to their senses in the next election.
    I realize why so many of your supporters are the way they are after listening to you and Cutie in parliament. Absolutely disgraceful.

    • I know a handful of average Antiguans who live and work here in Barbuda, and they would welcome this..

  2. The ALP wants to thief Barbudan lands overrun the place with foreign criminals. The indigenous people of Barbuda should resist.

  3. Kudos to the government for correcting a past wrong. Recall when the UPP admin passed the unconstitutional land act. The act instead of seeking to bind us, further sought to divide us by creating a person called a Barbudan. Reading the Act one came away thinking the creators were drunk. A&B united motto, no longer only what’s mine is yours, but also what’s yours is mine (no one sided marriage).

    • Pearl “FOOTS” Quinn convinced the people in Codrington to stick with the Privy Council….

      Now they don’t wanna respect the court ruling???

      Way de Justin Simon to speak out against bigotry???

  4. I can’t believe that anyone cannot see through what Gaston Browne is trying to circumvent in Barbuda.

    All this duplicitous back-side man is doing is buying and rigging the votes for the ABLP in future elections.

    He knows full well that the ABLP vote in Barbuda is a worthless one – just like in the whole of All Saints. … what ah sensible people dem 😁


  5. Barbudans made one fatal error at the Lancaster House Discussions. They walked out of the room leaving Eric Burton and their lawyer pleading for them to stay. What was available to Barbudans at that time was a status similar to what Nevis has. Nevisians can vote to be independent if they wish to do so. Barbudans can’t. Nevis has leverage, Barbudans don’t.
    Barbudans have squandered what it could have gained from a Local Council.
    I empathize with them being upset, for they have been sold a bill of goods for a very long time.
    Given the Privy Council ruling; at this time, they have very few cards left to play Their hand is weak, and they are being played by their leaders.
    As Codrington begins to look like Pointe and Grays Farm, it will not be long before Barbudans lose control of the Council.
    Please don’t beat up on the messenger

    • That is what Gaston wants for Barbudans to loose control of the council, and even the island. But god nar sleep, he might be dead before this happens. One day you are pushing people around and the next day you are disposable garbage. And this applies to all of us.

  6. This is great news for Antiguans who have long been prohibited from purchasing land in Barbuda. This change in policy will not only benefit individuals but could also have a positive impact on the wider economy. By allowing Antiguans to invest in Barbuda, it could help stimulate growth and development on the island. It’s a positive step forward for the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda, and I hope to see more changes like this in the future.

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