$1.5-million for former Parliamentary Secretary

Theodore after the ruling on Monday

The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal on Monday handed down its decision in a matter involving former parliamentary secretary Jacqueline Theodore and the attorney general of Dominica.

A tribunal had awarded Theodore over $3-million for land belonging to her husband in Calibishie, which the government had acquired for the use of a road some years ago.

Theodore took the issue to the media some time ago when she was not fully compensated by the government, who had also appealed the matter.

Government claimed that Theodore was only entitled to $ 210,737.

However, the court now sitting in Dominica, has awarded Theodore just over EC$1.5 million.

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63 Comments

  1. outsider
    May 1, 2012

    that good for the government they should put money in small business now they have to pay all that.IT SHOULD BE MORE

  2. Matriculation
    May 1, 2012

    DNO!! could you state the amount of land involved so that your viewers can put it in perspective?/

  3. Bajan
    May 1, 2012

    Aunty,

    When you want to sweep the yard call me anytime or send a message for me.

    Remember we are from the same community.

  4. aunty jacqueline
    May 1, 2012

    aunty you remember me when i used to go church with you and mommy. Its so nice to know that the court of appeal gave you 7times what the government wanted to give you and just half of what the tribunal offered.

    So my great favourite aunty we rich now we papa. I cana wait to come sweep your yard and take floffy for walks!

  5. Summa Cum Laude
    May 1, 2012

    I wonder how much her lawyers going to get from that 1.5 million.

  6. VIGILANTE
    May 1, 2012

    Y DOESNT DNO SAY WHICH GOVERNMENT ACCUMULATED HER HUSBAND LAND ?

  7. Original-Eagle Eye
    May 1, 2012

    Next it Fenton Telemacque. One set getting paid in 2 days for land that will never see road in layou valley catchment basin on top of all the perks and malaway can’t be compensated.

    Miss Theodore I think this is a fair amount so take your money and walk away.

  8. jones
    May 1, 2012

    Miss Theo my buddy pal friend, remember we go way back

  9. Faceup
    May 1, 2012

    Lady i am tall and handsome,can i give you a call?? lol

  10. BRAIN DAMAGE
    May 1, 2012

    Mam, it’s a blessing to you in these had times.

  11. appeal
    April 30, 2012

    we appealling or we taxing that 1.5M hard

  12. Meeee
    April 30, 2012

    This case goes back all the way to 1997.

    Who was in power again in 1997?

    How comes I not hearing anything from the blues? Where are the chain emails blaming the gov’t for everything bad under the sun?

    SMH

    • Anonymous
      April 30, 2012

      This is a disgrace for the two parties and is indicative of the terrible state of governance. The best countries in the world and governed by laws. It is in the interest of you, me and everybody when our leaders respect the laws and adhere to them
      Your bias will only propagate corrupt leadership that will be to the detriment of our beloved country

    • Dca.
      May 1, 2012

      If I recall correctly, she did say that she was on her way to being compensated fairly by the “blues” as you put it. When the “reds” came into power they decided the money that the blues were willing to pay her was too much and so they refused to pay the lady.

    • Honorable Met Yo
      May 1, 2012

      Look the blues, Look us.

      It goes back to 1997, but I challenge you to get the details of the case.

      Matter of fact, get a copy of the judgement and read before blaming “1997” for the now 1.5 Million.

      Allu brain too convenient sometimes for all own good

    • forkit
      May 1, 2012

      that is so dumb.. that has to do with the current party in government.
      get your facts right. she endured the labour party victimization and by extension the AG.

    • Ah---Ha--
      May 1, 2012

      Between 1995 and 2000 :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
      –Workers long term investment program :?: :?:
      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ :lol: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      —–Do you remember the song :?: :?: :?: :?:
      —–One for You — :wink: —-One for Me—-
      :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

    • Malatete
      May 1, 2012

      Here we go again! As far as the Court is concerned it has nothing to do with party politics but everything with justice,thank God! It is irrelevant, which party happens to be in powe. It was the Govt. that was in the dock and not any political party! The previous Govt. did not adhere to the law when appropriating the land and the present one offered inadequate compensation. That’s all there is to it and I pray that Justice continues to dispense its verdicts as they should, impartially and free from any political bias.

      • Meeee
        May 1, 2012

        Wow….so all of a sudden the court has nothing to do with party politics. When the PM and St. Jean won the dual citizenship case everyone crying it was a political decision. Even the judge the blues gave a bad name. Everyone said the courts in Dominica had gone down the drain….but all of a sudden the court has nothing to do with party politics.

        SMH

  13. anonymous
    April 30, 2012

    “A tribunal had awarded Theodore over $3-MILLION for land belonging to her husband in Calibishie, which the government had acquired for the use of a road some years ago.”……”Government claimed that Theodore was only entitled to $ 210,737.”….”However, the court now sitting in Dominica, has awarded Theodore just over EC$1.5 million dollars.” I consider this a huge saving to tax payers from a 3 million dollar award to 1.5 million as ruled by the court.
    There seems to be some merit in govt reluctance to pay the sum of 3 million.

    • No beggar
      May 1, 2012

      anonymous, have you factored in the the cost of legal fees and appealing the case. Don’t be surprised if the cost is near 4.mill to us the tax payers in the end.

      • Malgraysa
        May 1, 2012

        if you are correct all it means that the lawyers are the winners and we would be better off if the lady had been paid properly in the first place.

  14. reasonable???
    April 30, 2012

    that,s the way 2 go.pay the lady mr. government.there is no real peace without justice/.

  15. ME
    April 30, 2012

    HI COUSIN JACQUELINE, REMEMBER ME, I WILL GET U SOME FRESH MANGOES LOL

  16. Da Citizen
    April 30, 2012

    Again, the UWP administration created that mess and now the present administration is being criticized for it.They were the ones who just invaded the lady’s property and did what they wanted, and not as some people have forgotten, the Skerro lead administration.

    • Honorable Met Yo
      April 30, 2012

      Get all the details of what happened under UWP, what was due to her, what later happened under the DLP and all the victimization she endured, which finally led to her getting this huge sum in 2012.

      Allu must learn to get details before running allu mouth.

      • PROF. WIKILEAKS
        April 30, 2012

        Are you stupid or chupid. The UWP govt entered the lady land..Fact

        She took the matter to court claiming $3M plus…Fact

        She still own all the land…Fact

        The government said that is too much to pay for damage done to forest and the land is still your property…Fact

        The tax payers of this country has to foot this bill…Fact

        The UWP are now championing this lady after they created this mess…FACT

        Metyo is Chupid—FACT

      • Anonymous
        May 1, 2012

        I n the first place, the proper process for the acquisition of private property was not followed by the UWP government.
        Interesting to note now is what was the purpose of the road and is the country benifiting from the road?, how much land was taken for the construction of that road and was that much land necessary?

    • B.E.B
      May 1, 2012

      I would like to know, who owns the land now, does government owns the land or it is own by the previous owner Jacqueline Theodore? If Govt. owns the land, I hope that they are going to sell to recover some of the money they are going to pay the plaintif, I would like ti buy some acres of land for farming in that area

      • i am Dominica
        May 1, 2012

        she still owns the land.The government said that is too much to pay for damage done to forest and the land is still her property.

  17. Concerned citiizen
    April 30, 2012

    Is she single……..I wanna step in!

  18. ?????
    April 30, 2012

    Pay the lady is not BOBOL she is involved in…Hope one good day those involved in bobol will also have their day in court… ONE GOOD DAY!

  19. burt dave
    April 30, 2012

    I t is also good to remember Mr Don Christopher who did some work on this case at some time

    • Michel bousselaire
      May 1, 2012

      Hope where he is he could listen that… He did work hard to preserve the rights of citizen against intrusive works on their lands !

  20. burt dave
    April 30, 2012

    my apologies it I meant Mrs

  21. burt dave
    April 30, 2012

    This matter has been on for some time and it is good that this lady exercised her patience based on her conviction that the state acted illegaly and was immoral ,the state over ride the right to personal property and it is good that the courts can protect the weak against the state. Mr Theodore the long wait and stress this may have caused you you now deserve to give yourself a treat

  22. Anonymous
    April 30, 2012

    What I want to know is that 1.5 mil the total amount Govt. has to pay, or is this an addition to what was given to her already?

    • B.E.B
      May 1, 2012

      THe land in it self do not worth all that kind of money, all the same I’m happy for Mrs. Theodore

  23. Honorable Met Yo
    April 30, 2012

    Talk nuh? Talk nuh?

    Fairplay, talk nuh?

    Wikileaks, talk nuh?

    You cyaaaa talk

    • PROF. WIKILEAKS
      April 30, 2012

      The government in 1997 entered the lady land and now we have to pay her $1.5M in taxes…oh my…UWP just forked up everything

    • Fairplay
      May 1, 2012

      It was your UWP Government that grabbed the Woman’s land in 1997 because she was pro-Labour at that time!!! :?:

      • Fairplay
        May 1, 2012

        She will be paid from ‘Tax Payers Funds’ and not from Skerrit’s pocket!!! 8)

  24. Satelite
    April 30, 2012

    Just say thank you maam, and move on. Consider that a small jackpot.

  25. judy
    April 30, 2012

    pay de lady

    • Ah---Ha--
      May 1, 2012

      ——Judy , You are familie :?: :?: :?: :?:

      You smelling your retirement is comming:?: :?: :?:

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol::wink: :wink:

  26. tactical
    April 30, 2012

    Well well well; Taxes have to go towards the payment for someone’s incompetence or lack of procedure – it would be interesting to sum up the amount of fees Government has had to pay to individuals for wrongful acquisition of property over a ten year period. I know for sure the hospital could do with that million plus award.
    Speaking of appeal cases I am awaiting with interest the results of Lennox’s appeal against Pinard Bynre and just to add I find it strange that DNO nor any other media found it fit to comment and or condemn the outburst of Crazy T franky Bellot and Kamala on the Heng last week as it relates to comments that were made by Lennox Linton. Both individuals publicly claimed not to have heard the statement themselves but they went on to take Lennox to task one of the individuals even going as far as making reference to the use of a gun if needs be and there is nothing on DNO EMMMHH!; Lennox, Matt and Angelo are regularly criticized for being this or that – Linton was even scutinized as to whether he qualified to be a true journalist by the same host of the Heng with now DNO reporter and editor. yet still she allowed herself to be part of the outburst. The interesting part We are yet to hear of any so called professional media house or person much to hear a condemnation of this grossly unprofessional behavior.Is it because it was being said on a certain radio station no one wants to speak of media ethics, no reference or mention to professionalism. If that us said on Matt on Q ALL HELL would have broke lose. but being a frequent listener to Q, Matt, nor Lennox nor Angelo would allow that level of unprofessionalism to take place on their programme. Boy I tell you D.A is the best.

    • Keeping hem Honest
      April 30, 2012

      Amen to that…close to MY thoughts!!!!

    • B.E.B
      May 1, 2012

      They are discussing land aquisition by the previous Govt. , yet you are talking about the Heng programme on Kairi FM, where is this leading too?

    • Riddim Up !!!
      May 1, 2012

      heng ? maybe nobody commented cause the majority of us tuned in to qfm at the time….
      cant remember wen last i heard the heng lol

  27. cruz
    April 30, 2012

    well well well i guess some people are getting their day in court.who is next?

  28. Jennifar
    April 30, 2012

    Good things come to those who wait.

  29. Turn Table
    April 30, 2012

    very good pay the lady

  30. Mohamed
    April 30, 2012

    wow

  31. yessa!!!
    April 30, 2012

    boy why is not my land government come and do that on nuh…Good for you lady.

  32. WOW
    April 30, 2012

    Hmmmm. Okkkkk

  33. Da Woman
    April 30, 2012

    Way to go- not because they are the government does not mean they do as they please. More people should stand up like Theodore

  34. john doe
    April 30, 2012

    congrats to this woman this govt have all kinda money to put in dem pockets and dem dont wanna pay ppl for their property…. Sskerro pay up… …

    • PROF. WIKILEAKS
      April 30, 2012

      Your tax money that paying for it…such a tool

    • B.E.B
      May 1, 2012

      They should leave it to be paid by the UWP Govt.when ever they return to power

      • May 1, 2012

        Nothing to do with UWP, Freedom nor Labour, it is the GOVERNMENT not the party

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