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Jul 3, 2014

Hulse maintains that Auditor General simply had to ask for help in investigation

Godwin Hulse

The interim Auditor-General’s report was submitted almost four months ago and there is no sign of the final report which, hopefully, will be made privy to the public. Now we know the wheels of government grind slowly, but four months? There are still plenty of unanswered questions coming out of the interim version, which was leaked to COLA and subsequently to the media. Up front and centre in the report is the Auditor-General’s claim that her team was denied access to very relevant information. She alleges disrespect for her office, and deliberate evasion by the Director of Immigration Maria Marin when requests were made for documents and files. Now that’s not an allegation by COLA, or by a political party or even by the general public – that’s a direct accusation from the Auditor-General herself. Today, as he’s done before, Minister of Immigration Hulse shrugged it off, saying that all the audit team had to do is ask.

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

“It was the registers of various things. We didn’t have files, we had registers. And it was important to have these registers because you understand this is a sensitive thing and things were going…Arthur Saldivar said one hundred and fifty files walked out there….we didn’t want the registers to walk out too so we grabbed hold of them right away. She never asked. The Police asked and the Police got them. The Police got them before she asked. If she would have asked she would have got them too, or copies. There has to be a chain of command of documentation. And I continue to report that. I don’t want anybody to run away with the idea that we are giving a hard time…there was no hard time. But auditors who were in there auditing…at the time they were in there auditing, the Ministry was in there, the Police was in there, the FIU was in there…it’s a hell of a situation in the department, hell of a situation. I can tell you for a fact that we had people in there doing an inventory of the PR files, doing an inventory of the nationality files, doing an inventory of the passport applications…we had to do that, that was the responsible thing to do. So with the auditors in there, and they’re not necessarily the Auditor-General saying could we have this, could we have that, and people saying it’s with the Minister, it’s with Director. That is fine for them to say. I think what she should have done when that was reported to her is simply write and say we understand this is with you…if it is could you please hand it over. Then she could have said I wrote the minister. The first time she wrote the Minister and I think she copied it in whatever documents are being leaked…it showed that I responded right away and said man please, I am surprised by this but I have instructed the C.E.O. to look into this, and any documents that we would have please make sure you get them.”

 

Reporter

“But they never got them?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Oh they got them. Whatever we had they got, I can tell you that. Whatever wat at the Ministry Audit got.”

 

We note for clarity that there is reference in the Auditor-General’s interim report of the letter written to Minister Hulse detailing problems in accessing documents. That letter was sent to Hulse on March seventh and he responded on March twelfth. The Auditor-General, on page two, states that “a response was received indicating compliance; however, to date March twentieth, 2014, there is no indication that the requested records/registers will be released.” To our knowledge, the Auditor-General never received the documents which, she insists in her report, would have assisted them in their investigation. 

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3 Responses for “Hulse maintains that Auditor General simply had to ask for help in investigation”

  1. BelizeanInAsia says:

    This guy is lying. He’s become a pathological LIAR.

  2. Rod says:

    Gidwin. Stop lie it looks horrible on you what you have become is very very sad to see you this way once a man of principles now this judas barrow has turned you into a common thief and corrupt individual with no morals stripped of all your decent faculties you are now but a shadow of the person you once were what a disgrace you have become I feel sorry for your family.

  3. FAIR JUSTICE says:

    I was reading the news on 7 news….and i wonder how far in studies did Hulse went…it seems not far….i believe he doesnt know the meaning of IMPECCABLE…..this man is unbelievable. HULSE YOU NEED TO HIDE UR HEAD IN A CROCOS SACK dumb @ss. Hulse you are the most corrupt out of the bunch…my respect for you was extremely high, but now its ZERO. You take us the belizean people for idiots but you need to look in the mirror and you are the bigger idiot.

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