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Eugene Hamilton criticises government over land distribution

Speaking with Sugar City Radio on Monday, 5th January, Hamilton stated that government must see land as an economic resource, because only then will individuals have a different view to how they should treat that natural resource in St. Kitts and Nevis.

He alleged that the Prime Minister’s administration has “disposed” of over 1000 acres of land to bidders.

“If our government, if Douglas’ regime viewed land as an economic resource, it could not come up with the concept of disposing 1,200 acres of land  to the highest bidder, that is a individualistic approach to sealed land,” said Hamilton.

Continuing with his allegations, Hamilton stated that government has a $25,000 a year lease with ‘Zoomi’, for one acre of land, which he said, should not be the role of the Government.

“Government is supposed to be collecting taxes. You can’t have $25,000 a year for what you call a lease arrangement with an ordinary man, who uses his skills and intellect to develop a business, employing people, providing a service to hundreds of people, and you are billing him $25,000 a year for one acre of land. When the very acre of land sold to Kittitian Hill was only $32,000, it is highway robbery to our nationals of St. Kitts to be leasing land,” claimed Hamilton.

However, under a Team Unity Government, the MP said, there would be a much more moderate lease on lands to nationals of St. Kitts.

Hamilton pointed out that individuals look at land in St. Kitts and Nevis as an important ingredient in the “governance structure” of the country, adding that most persons see the ground as an economic asset which influences their “balance sheet”.

To this end, he opined that persons can turn that economic asset into cash during any circumstances which might affect their “financial agenda”.

“But any government that is worth it all, especially a government of St. Kitts where the people were not a landed people, any government in St. Kitts must not take the same view of the land like the individual,” said Hamilton.

From that backdrop, he stressed that government should be seeking ways to utilized the land to “create goods and services” and also create employment, rather than “say you putting away 1,200 acres”.

“The government is supposed to be collecting taxes, not see itself or land as an economic asset to be raking in millions from leasing to people and from selling to the highest bidder,” opined Hamilton.




 

 

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