Government Closer To Repealing Barbuda Land Act

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Thursday 3rd May, 2018-The Crown Land Regulation Amendment Bill (2018) that will repeal the Barbuda Land Act was passed in the House of Representatives today (Thursday) with minor amendments.

The bill now heads to the Senate for further debate and subsequent passage.

Government’s decision to move ahead with the repeal has led to a showdown with the opposition and scores of Barbudans who are against the move.

Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin, in his contribution this morning said government is forging ahead with the repeal in order to give Barbudans more independence.

The Attorney General who has been vocal on the matter stated government is simply setting the record straight, reverting to what things were in the early 20th century.

Though the Bill’s passage was certain, that did not stop the Leader of the Opposition United Progressive Party in the House of Representatives to appeal to the government’s side for consultation that will involve Barbudans in the repeal of the Barbuda Land Act.

Making his debut in the Lower House of Parliament this morning, the Hon. Jamale Pringle said a consensus is needed with the involvement of key stakeholders.