WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: Tivoli residents received $92m after 2010 operation
Four months after the May 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston, the government paid out just under $100 million to persons who were impacted, Permanent Secretary in the Social Security Ministry, Collette Roberts Risden, has testified.
Roberts Risden, who was director of social services in the ministry at the time, told the west Kingston commission of enquiry this morning that $92.8 million was paid to 1,870 persons in Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, Hannah Town and Fletcher's Land whose houses were damaged during the operations.
According to her, 94 houses were destroyed and 200 were severely damaged while 1,505 had minor damage and 71 had what was classified as 'other' damage.
The $92 million payout included $13 million which was paid out to 181 vendors who lost goods and other properties in the fire that destroyed a section of the Coronation Market during the operations.
In addition, Robert Risden said the social security ministry provided $4.4 million in burial assistance, ranging from $50,000 to $277,000, to relatives of those killed during the operations, which were aimed at apprehending drug kingpin, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
She explained that the payments were made based on assessments conducted by several teams from the ministry, who visited west Kingston in the days after the operations.
"There was also a verification process as well where we sent officers in to verify the information that was collected," she explained.
The permanent secretary testified that the methodology used to carry out the assessment was based on international standards.