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Homes destroyed

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE People's Community Network (PCN) yesterday stated that people residing on land at the centre of controversy between Jittu Estate residents and the NGO are causing "irresponsible obstruction" to developments that should be carried out on the land.

A team from PCN yesterday visited the site and had partly demolished a house and the Jittu Youth Centre, the team was half way into their demolishing works when they were stopped by police officers from the Raiwaqa Police Station.

Chairman of the Jittu Land Trust Vilikesa Koroi said the men illegally entered the premises and started demolishing the houses while the homeowners were away at work.

He claims the men not only tore down parts of homes which housed three families, but also burnt their belongings.

Jittu Land Trust president Anup Chand said most families had struggled to put a roof over their head but the men were inconsiderate when they demolished their homes.

PCN consultant Father Kevin Barr, said a statement was sent to media organisations two weeks ago that the Methodist Church reverend based at the community and some church elders were obstructing development works supposed to be carried out in the area.

The statement explained that two months ago, PCN provided all residents still occupying the land in question a site for temporary relocation, while construction works proceed on the project at hand which is to build 72 housing units, a kindergarten, a community hall and its office, a police post, taxi stand and a mini market.

"They are standing in the way of legitimate housing development for the whole Lagilagi community and preventing many of the community to obtain decent housing," Fr Barr said.