Residents, who arbitrarily settled on Khelvachauri territory, organised protest action against destroying their shelters built on the old “Battalion” area. They were asking to stop the process and to have a meeting with city government.
The representative of Adjarian Government Council said that according to government decision, those who really have the accommodation problem are allowed to stay in shelters, but he couldn't talk about the final decision yet.
The demonstration was held in the central square of Kutaisi, in terms of the International Labor Day, on May 1st, at 13:00 PM. The demonstration was organized by the initiative group ART HEAD.
,,We do not want to live in the country where people are dying of hunger, because they do not have jobs, where those who have jobs only work in order not to die of hunger. Join us in the process of defending the fundamental rights of Humans! Freedom! Equality! Solidarity!’’ - proclaim the representatives of the initiative group ART HEAD.
Zurab Kurashvili, the Governor of Telavi, is accused of corruption. The case is related to the alienation of 1376 sq.m land space on Vardoshvili street. In December 2012, Telavi Municipality sold each sq.m land space for 73 GEL. After 1 month, the new owners sold their property for 200 USD per sq.m. According to the head of Telavi Organization of “New Rights Party”, Nika Vardoshvili, selling the land cheaper than its actual price is related to the interests of the Governor. Moreover, he claims that during the first alienation of the land the auction was held in a hurry and with serious derogations.
Zurab Kurashvili denies all accusations.
On April 24, IDPs living in the old building of Zugdidi district hospital set up the tent in the yard of the hospital. Currently, 10 people are on hunger strike asking for the space to live. According to IDPs there is anti-sanitation in the hospital, they don’t have the water or the restroom.
IDPs state that they will be on strike until their requirement is fulfilled and they are given new places to live.
Davit Kirvalidze, the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, states that he has become aware that vouchers from the Village Support Program were being sold off, and consequently 15 markets which bought those will have to pay a fine of GEL 500.
The Minister also says that most amount of vouchers was sold by farmers in Ozurgeti. The corresponding commission is working on the issue and will endeavour to find out more details.
Kutaisi residents talk about the illegal property alienation of parks. Citizens claim that all these parks are being sold in the same fashion i.e illegally. Instead of registering these parks as “public” and publishing them on a list which is available for all to see, the municipal government chooses not to register them and is selling off the land secretly .
Residents think that local municipal bodies are behind these secret dealings, but the Kutaisi local government firmly denies this fact.
About a month ago the Prosecutor’s office of Kutaisi questioned the ex - deputy governor of Imereti, Gocha Tevdoradze, about this case. He denied having any connections with the case and said that the selling of parks was the business of the municipal government.
The newly established opposition party has created a four person fraction in the City Council of Tskaltubo.
The representatives of the fraction “Alliance of Georgian Patriots” held the briefing today in the Kutaisi party office, where they informed the journalists about the creation of the fraction.
“We are continuing the process which we have named as the process of taking away the self-government from UNM”- said the secretary general of the fraction Mr. Soso manjavidze.
A 10 member fraction “Alliance of Georgian Patriots” has been created in the previous week in Kutaisi City Council. Mr. Gocha Tevdoradze the ex Vice-Governor of Kutaisi is in charge of the organization in Kutaisi.
When Guguli Tofadze arrived at the bank to receive her social care wage, she was unpleasantly surprised to be told that she was no longer socially protected.
The Tofadze family from Kutaisi was informed of the decision by an official letter later on.
Gugula Tofadze states that there was no reason to stop the financial aid for her family.
The Tofadze family is far from being the only case, social care aid has stopped for 654 other families in Kutaisi.
All tickets have been sold for the charity performance in support of Giorgi Korganashvili. The play “It Came From the Rain” will be held on April 11 at 18:00 PM at Meskhishvili Theatre. This theater has staged 3 similar charity performances in the past, but these attracted only a handful of spectators and their ticket sales were negligible compared to that of “It Came From the Rain”. Tickets were priced at 5 GEL.
Giorgi Korganashvili, it became known, has already gone to Israel for treatment, though he still needs $100 000 for the full course of treatment. All money raised will be sent entirely to Giorgi’s account.
Memebrs of Kutaisi Sakrebulo are leaving the fraction of United National Movement. It became known that aforementioned decision was made by 9 members. Among them is Kakha Namsitsveridze, who was the leader of the fraction.
At this time, the members of Sakrebulo are not making official comments. Information is not being confirmed by Sakrebulo administration either.