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Sep 1, 2016

Prime Minister Compares Treatment of Ministers Vega and Saldivar

Dean Barrow

Former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega has kept quite a low profile since being stripped of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the second largest portfolio in government, and losing the post as DPM.  His colleague, former Minister of National Security John Saldivar has also been under the radar after responsibility for the Belize Police Department was taken away from him.  Saldivar’s demotion followed the William Mason fiasco in Belmopan involving the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.  Vega and Saldivar were both powerful ministers and their downgrading seems to have created a bit of bad blood within cabinet.  Today, the media asked PM Barrow if there is hostility within his administration as a result of the fallout.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The new cabinet saw Minister Vega made Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries and that is the ministry he still holds. Indeed, Minister Saldivar has lost the Ministry of the Police and we all know why that is because—notwithstanding that nobody can show that he is guilty of any wrongdoing with respect to his relationship with William Mason—that relationship convinced me and cabinet colleagues that he could not continue as Minister of the Police since the police were the ones who were investigating and needed to provide the evidence for the court in terms of Mister Mason. So it was a matter of appearance and perception. And in politics, perception is reality. So I freely concede that it is a fact that Minister Saldivar did lose that Police Ministry but not as a consequence of any wrongdoing; as a consequence simply of an untenable situation that had arisen as a result of his unfortunate acquaintanceship with Mason who he did not know, when he had an acquaintanceship with him, was a fellow that nobody ought really to have been associated with.”

 

Vega was notably absent from last Friday’s house meeting.  We understand that he is also staunchly opposed to the Section Fifty-three ruling.

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1 Response for “Prime Minister Compares Treatment of Ministers Vega and Saldivar”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    And Ministers Saldivar and Vega are both angry that you are all guilty of the same shit while they are left out to dry. You and your family have “legally stolen” for than they ever could. And yet they are looking from the outside in. Hell, I as a fellow “thief” would be quite irate, to put it lightly. LOL!

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