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Montgomery Daniel Wayne Murray

Minister of Lands, Montgomery Daniel, left, speaking in Parliament on May 5. Dr. Wayne Murray is at left.

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While Minister of Land, Montgomery Daniel told Parliament, on April 5 that the government had paid a family half of the cost of lands acquired in Richmond Hill in 2020, the family says they were only told, one day after the minister’s statement that a payment was ready.

Daniel said the government had not paid the family of Dr. Wayne Murray the remaining EC$432,900 because the family “never” had proper title for the lands.

He was responding to a question in Parliament from East Kingstown MP, opposition lawmaker Fitzgerald Bramble.

However, Murray, speaking on radio on April 6, accused Daniel of misleading the public and demanded an apology.

“I want and I will send this message to that Minister Gomery, I expect him to make a public apology relative to those statements which he made. Until he does that I will consider it to be one that was done in spite and evil. And I will wait for his response on that,” Murray said.

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In August 2020, the Ralph Gonsalves government acquired a portion of land that has been in the family of Dr. Murray’s wife for 100 years.

The acquisition came after the family gave notices to vacate to non-compliant tenants who had rented the lands over a 25-year period.

The government’s decision came after the Murrays moved, earlier in 2020, to enforce 5-year-old court orders for tenants to vacate the lands that the family had rented to them.

The government acquired the land without having any conversation with the family to try to understand the situation.

Dr. Murray’s wife, Simone Murray, the manager of the McLean estate in Richmond Hill, of which the lands are a part, told iWitness News she felt as if she was living in a communist state with the manner in which the government had acquired some three acres of the land.  

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During the meeting of Parliament this month, Bramble asked Daniel about the status of the acquisition as well as the amount of money paid or to be paid to the family.

He also wanted to know whether the tenants will be allowed to own the plots of land that they will be occupying; and if the government will be assisting the tenants with building homes on the newly acquired lands.

Daniel said:

“This question that is before this honourable house, this will bring personal matters of a private nature into the public business. I don’t know whether or not if the representative wants to have it done.”

He went on to tell Parliament that the Lands and Surveys Department valued the land acquired from the Murrays at just over EC$865,000.

“An amount of $432,900 would have already been paid to Dr. Murray in 2021, leaving a balance of $432,900 to be paid. The reason why the payments are done in two phases is that Dr. Murray never had proper title to the land.

“Yes, he was collecting monies from the tenants but when the assessments were done, proper title was not established in the name of Dr. Murray. And so, part payment is being done and another part payment will be done in due course.”

Daniel said the Land and Surveys Department was in the process of compiling the names of all of the occupants of the land.

However, Dr. Murray, speaking on the opposition New Democratic Party’s radio programme on NICE Radio, accused Daniel of lying.

“He stated in Parliament that my family was in receipt of, in essence, and in excess of $400,000, which is half of the amount relative to the acquisition of my family’s property, which is not true. It’s blatantly, not true.”

He said that the minister’s statement had the effect of causing people to believe that he and his family had lied to them about not being paid.

Dr. Murray further said that at no point did he claim to have had title to the property.

“It’s always been stated that this property is in the title of my wife’s family and that my wife, through her grandmother, has direct control, as she was the manager of all the properties. And she is the one via which the tenant was engaged in any rent from.

“Clearly, I, being her husband — unlike many of the ULP husbands who don’t stand up behind their  wives — I stand behind my wife. And I supported her in this principle that what was done to us was wrong.

“He goes to Parliament stating that I, Dr. Wayne Murray, had no title and I, Dr. Wayne Murray, had been collecting rents, in a sense, on false pretence of ownership, which is not true. I have never received or I have never billed a single person for rent in my name to do with this property,” Murray said.

He said MPs should be informed about the issues they comment on in Parliament.

“And, therefore, such was not the case because people believe they can sit in Parliament and not be liable for statements.

“But what it does, it demonstrates ignorance of the highest order. And because he went into Parliament and made a statement, today, my family is being contacted to state a payment was made to you and it’s  in the [Treasury],” Murray said.

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10 replies on “Dr. Murray accuses Gomery of lying about land payment issue”

  1. 800,000 of the public purse is being used to purchase LAND ( not house) for 20 families. This makes no sense when crown lands for residential construction is available. What is worst is the fact that the land slips. So when these persons houses are damaged then government will be dipping again to replace them. Why are people who should know better making these erroneous decision?

  2. Dr. Murray, the sweetest revenge you can do to anyone, is to forgive them in Jesus Name.
    ..

  3. It’s strange that in a country where high school students score very high marks for everything academic year after year there could be such high incompetence and stupidity in everything. Two whites running a land of 99.99 and a three quarter percent blacks. What does it take to make that.

  4. Duke DeArment says:

    Seems the government has and is continuing to really mess this up. The reader would ask why the government would do this to their own supporters. Remember this happened just before the election and votes of those getting free land, outnumber 2 votes from the Murray couple. Maybe the ULP Government thought this ULP couple would not protest.
    Sorry, but this looks and smells of corruption.

  5. People are more concerned with the caption than the actual news report. They got alyo good. I’m tired of this. SVG is hopeless.

  6. Allegedly any dunce/idiot can become a senator or minster in the allegedly corrupt ULP regime? Allegedly Dumery can do anything e want, cause allegedly they are the law, they are the government, they are the police, they are the judges.
    There has got to be a breaking point. There is no evil that lasts a hundred years or a body that resists it. Nothing last forever.

  7. Calliaquaman says:

    use “Ralphy Sue Virus remedy”

    you have an opportunity to use the same Sue Virus remedy, to inject the Government and Monty if that is alleged, liable for lies and defamation of character. They are fully aware of this tool because they hold this sue virus over the heads of Vincy with treats or taken actions. If reverse, they will come after you with full like venom.

    My to cents

  8. Nathen Green says:

    Hee! Haw! my dear Donkey you are right and history will be written implying if not stating corruption. If something in the back of your mind tells you something is wrong, almost 99% of the time that feeling is correct. I think you will find this matter goes back to Dr Murray refusing to go to fatties office when he was commanded to do so. Then the Revenue turned up at his office with armed police and took his books away but could find nothing wrong to charge him for. This is another matter of spite and trying to destroy people.

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