West Berbice rice farmers ‘vindicated’ after court upholds leases

-say cancellations were due to political victimisation

Some of the Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice rice farmers whose leases were cancelled by the president with their attorney, Anil Nandlall, who successfully challenged some of the cancellations.

Joylyn Nicholson, one of the rice farmers who successfully challenged last year’s cancellation of their leases by President David Granger, says she feels vindicated by the judgement in the case although she remains convinced that the move against her was an act of political victimisation.

And while satisfied with the court’s recent ruling, Nicholson last Thursday said she will now lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman against two senior officers of the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA), whom she felt acted unprofessionally in the case.

“We [the farmers] have been denied the opportunity to hold those at MMA accountable. I am taking them to the Ombudsman…. What those two officers did should not just die down and be allowed to go away like that,” she told Stabroek News in a telephone interview, while detailing the struggles that she and more than a dozen other Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice farmers endured at the hands of two MMA-ADA officials, whom she named, and a group claiming to be a Co-operative…..

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