A resident of Belize City was issued a stop order this afternoon on the house she has been constructing on a parcel of land in the Belama Phase Four area. Crystal Gillett was in the news on December 23 when she claimed that the UDP Standard Bearer for Freetown, Orson OJ Elrington, had given her the green light to build on the land. Elrington immediately responded with the backing of Gillett’s family. According to Elrington and one of Gillett’s siblings, Elrington had made it clear that the land in question has been earmarked for a community centre. Gillett continued to build on the land despite a notice from the Lands Department that she was illegally occupying the land. Fast forward to today and Elrington along with police officers showed up at the site to issue a stop order.
Orson Elrington, UDP Standard Bearer, Freetown: “I think I mentioned this, the family. I spoke to the family, we offered the young lady Krystal an opportunity for us to assist her in the relocation of the building, again like I said the selfish needs of an individual cannot supercede the genuine needs of the community and in no way or form will we allow that. But we thought that in the best interest to help her relocate we would assist her in relocating to another location, she decided – we did not get a response but she decided obviously to act in contravention off the order and therefore we’re here today. Anybody that knows me knows that anything I do I do as a team and firstly this is not my aspiration, the idea of our community center is a request of the members of the community. In fact, education as you know has been our consistent platform not because we think that helping people with education somehow helps up but because we genuinely believe that that is how you build societies, that is how you build communities and the community does not have a single resource center as it is right now.”
According to Elrington, it is within the purview of the Lands Department to decide what will happen to the house on the land.