King delivers Title to the Promised Land to Gaynair Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Belize National Football Team Player, Ian Gaynair was all smiles on Wednesday May 7, when Hon. Mark King handed over to him the title to parcel 394 on block 45 in the St. Martin de Porres Area of Belize City. Gaynair had been dragged into a political back and forth last year when claims were being made that Hon. King had taken his land when the reality was that the land had been taken away during the PUP era.

Quick to respond to the matter, Hon. King contacted Gaynair and the process started almost immediately to secure another parcel for him in the Lake I division. Last year, on August 28, Hon. King handed over a lease to the very parcel 394. Nine months later, the title was handed over to the football star.

Speaking to the media Gaynair said he was happy that of all promises that had been made to him by various people, this was one which was delivered on. He said he has been saving up some finances and is looking at put up a house on his land. He went further and jokingly asked Hon. King if he could assist him with that as well to which the minister quickly replied, "check the National Bank." (the National Bank offers finances to persons like Gaynair for home construction.) But jokes aside, King had taken up all expenses in acquiring the land and the leg work which it takes to get the lease and finally the title.

He explained that being an athlete who represented our country well, he deserved no less. For his part Gaynair explained that holding the title to the land was a feeling he equated to scoring a goal against the U.S. football team all over again. His gratitude was even extended because the lot is very close to where his father owns his house and he will be close to his father when he constructs his home.

While Gaynair has been the most publicized case of King's land assistance, he is not the only person who has been assisted. Last year over a hundred residents who had problems with land tenure in Lake-I had their documents regularized. In the next few weeks over a hundred other residents will receive similar assistance and before the end of the year an additional 100 persons will be assisted. Hon. King says the land assistance comes from a program he calls the Land Amnesty Program where land tenure in the division is regularized.

Outside of the land program, resources are also being mobilized in Lake I to bring in 2000 loads of landfill between July and August under the Southside Poverty Alleviation program to ensure that flooding doesn’t affect the residents as much as it currently does.