Santa Cruz Villagers of Stann Creek District are not satisfied about the new water board executive appointed by the Government and are threatening to protest. Stann Creek correspondent, Harry Arzu spoke to the village chairman about their demands.
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: The Santa Cruz Village Council held a public meeting yesterday where villagers decided on a resolution not to pay their water bills. This is because a number of villagers are up in arms over the appointment of a new water board executive that was recently installed by the Ministry responsible for Rural Development. Like many other village councils here in the south Santa Cruz Village Council also sent it their list of names who they would have preferred to run their water supply system to the said ministry but those were also rejected according to the village chairman Vincent Scott hence is their reason for their protest. Scott lamented that those on the present water board were rejected by the people in last year’s village council elections. He explains.
Vincent Scott, Chairman, Santa Cruz Village Council: “The concerns of the people was that most of the people indicated to me that they felt disrespected knowing that the Village Council Act states that the chairman and the member of the council also need to be on the water board. In the meeting the question was asked if the people were prepared to not pay water board and then we passed a resolution and the people decided that they were not going to pay. Everybody at the meeting decided that they were not going to pay any money to that water board until the problem is resolved. If at any time the water board decides to turn off the water in the village the people are willing to work along with the village council and then we can get a truck to provide the people with water and we would wait at least a week to see if anybody from the government will listen to us and if not then we will have to do a protest at the roundabout and if that doesn’t work then we will have to move on to Belmopan and take a bus with some people and try to see how we could resolve this matter.”