The Office of the Attorney General has refiled a claim against Jearlean John and other HDC members, following the purchase of Eden Gardens for $175 million, two years after it was valued at $5 million.
The Office of the Attorney General made the announcement via a media statement issued today:
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says there are 352 persons in arrears at four Housing Development Corporation (HDC) complexes at this time.
Imbert was speaking in the Senate in the capacity of acting Minister of Housing.
He said there are 56 in the East Grove community, 132 in the Oasis development, 18 at Eden Gardens and 146 at Cashew Gardens.
The minister says the HDC has increased resources in a bid to recover the arrears and also to set up payment plans to help those who find it difficult to pay.
The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has signed a contract with NH International (Caribbean) Limited for the construction of 160 apartments in Mt Hope.
They consist of 120 three-bedroom apartments and 40 two-bedroom apartments.
The contract is a form of public-private partnership whereby NH International has obtained its own financing to fund the cost of the design and construction of the project.
Former housing minister Dr. Roodal Moonilal is questioning whether public housing policy is being held up by a personal feud between two key players.
According to the former housing minister, the prime minister must explain whether the Finance Minister Colm Imbert is declining to give a government guarantees to NH International Caribbean Limited because of an ongoing private legal row involving the minister and the company’s chairman Emile Elias.