Council hosts emergency meeting to get Barbudans’ input on Government’s planned land-adjudication exercise

The Barbuda Council has called an emergency village meeting, which should
be already underway, this afternoon, April 19.

This gathering is related to recent developments that have been brought to
the attention of the Local Government, Councilman John Mussington says.
Elaborating, he says that this week’s move by the Central Government to
begin a land-adjudication exercise on May 15 comes as no surprise.

On Monday, April 15, Council Chairman Devon Warner received a letter from
Solicitor-General Martin Camacho, advising that the island’s communal land-
holding system will soon be a thing of the past, as the Browne Administration
has declared the entire island an adjudication area.

However, Mussington says, this just means that the fight continues to
preserve who Barbudans are and what they stand for and believe in.

Mussington says that today’s meeting was called not only to discuss these
recent developments, but to get Barbudans’ input on the way forward, since
their centuries-old communal-ownership system is being threatened.

According to Mussington, an account of this afternoon’s meeting will have to
be given to Barbudans living in the Diaspora as they also have a vested
interest in the lands on the sister-island.

In the meantime, some may join the forum via an online medium, he says.

That was Councilman John Mussington.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and is being held at the Holy
Trinity School auditorium.