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June 29, 2022

Correctional Service Eviction: Ex-Officers Challenge Eviction

Seven retrenched Correctional Service officers have been locked out of their homes since Friday, in what is believed to be the first CS eviction exercise program.

Despite the seven winning a court order in 2012 which granted them permission to live in the institutional houses, they were evicted in an insolent way.  


It is a very disrespectful approach. Evictors forcefully entered the residents and practically threw their belongings out of their houses before changing the locks.


Tom Kango is a victim who had joined the department during the colonial era until his recent retirement.


He said there was no order or instruction from the commissioner’s office and he received only two letters last December.


Apart from living in state houses, the court order stated that the officers are supposed to be on payroll. However the officers were stripped of their wages in July of 2012. Since then, they have not received any money from the department. 


Numerous attempts to get the comments from the CS Acting Commissioner, Martin Balthazar, were unsuccessful. Evictors involved were from the headquarters and staff training.


EMTV understands that the matter will return to court once the legal year is opened. Meantime, officers together with their families are still camping outside their houses.


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