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History was created two weeks ago
when the LSA received a $57,000
cheque from a squatter as payment
towards a lot of land he illegally occu-
pied for years.
On January 9, a proud Patrick
Ramharack, 51, walked into LSA s head-
quarters in Tacarigua with his 48-year-
old wife, Mary, to pay for the land at
John Boodoo Road, Ramharack Street,
Brazil, which they have been living on
for over three decades.
The Ramharacks are the first of
60,000 squatters to pay for the land
they have trespassed on and illegally
occupied. The land valued at $200,000
is subsidised by the Government.
After the Ramharacks pay their legal
fees, the LSA would hand over a 199-
year deed, giving them ownership to
"Soon, the land will be ours,"
Ramharack said, shaking his head in
disbelief on Wednesday, after being
congratulated by Minister of Land and
Marine Resources Jairam Seemungal,
who called on other squatters to follow
in the couple s footsteps.
Ramharack said he felt relieved and
overjoyed that the land would soon be
put in his name.
Driven by ambition, Ramharack said
he left his family s humble home at age
17 in pursuit of his own shelter.
"I came from a poor family and
wanted my own place after graduating
from school," he recalled.
Ramharack said he combed lands in
Brazil and found a vacant lot situated
among a few shacks occupied by squat-
ters. Not long after, Ramharack con-
structed a two-bedroom wooden home
from monies he had stashed away.
After moving into his dwelling,
Ramharack said, he held down three
jobs to furnish and upgrade his home.
"Little by little my life started to
improve. I also saved because I knew
that this day would have come."
Five years later, Ramharack married
Together they had two children, who
still live with them.
The squatting settlement where the
Ramharacks live was regularised by the
LSA and its illegal occupants received
Certificates of Comfort (COC).
As an added measure, the street on
which Ramharack lives was also named
"The COC protected us from being
ejected from the land."
In 2000, Ramharack demolished his
wooden home and erected a two-bed-
room concrete structure.
"As a couple we made a lot of sac-
rifices to reach this far. It feels great to
finally have something to call your own,"
In the coming days, Ramharack said,
he would pay his legal fees to collect
his deed from LSA.
Ramharack said his neighbours had
been asking him what they needed to
do to own the land.
"All I have been telling them is pay
your money and legal fees and you good
President of the All Trinidad
Sugar and General Workers Trade
Union (ATSGWTU), Nirvan
Maharaj, is calling on four govern-
ment ministers to resign, saying
they misled Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar on land distribu-
tion for ex-Caroni (1975) Ltd
In a media conference at Rienzi
Complex, Couva, yesterday, Maharaj
said former sugar workers were put
off of lands they occupied during a
distribution ceremony in Couva on
"I want to call on these four min-
isters of Government: Vasant
Bharath, Rudranath Indarsingh,
Jairam Seemungal and Devant
Maharaj to immediately issue a public
apology to the ex-Caroni workers
and to submit their resignations to
the honourable Prime Minister for
having misled and misinformed the
national community," Maharaj said.
He said that since December the
union had foretold Government
would remove the workers and was
vilified by government members for
He also called on Persad-Bissessar
to launch an investigation into the
issues affecting ex-Caroni workers
and the distribution of VSEP.
He also hit out at PNM candidate
for Mayaro Clarence Rambarath, say-
ing he should "cease and desist"
from speaking on the issues of ex-
Maharaj said: "He must tell us
what did the PNM do between 1992
to 1995 with regard to that tripartite
report and what the PNM did
between 2001 to 2003 with the said
"Why is it that the PNM did not
consider implementing a possible
initial offering with regard to Caroni
Govt ministers must resign
Union for ex-Caroni workers:
Patrick Ramharack embraces his wife Mary after a meeting at the Land Settlement Agency, El Socorro, on
Wednesday. They are the first squatters to pay for state land they have been squatting on for 35 years.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
First squatter to
pay for land in T&T
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