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Sep 9, 2016

Belize City Mayor endorses Senate Select Committee

At the last senate meeting, the Belize Chamber of Commerce as well as the unions and the P.U.P. voted for a Senate investigation. But that motion was defeated and the government pushed for a bicameral investigation that would give G.O.B. majority members on the committee. Mayor Darrell Bradley believes that the process must be transparent and that even the appearance must be above board. The Mayor expounded on his view that the Senate is the proper mechanism to investigate the immigration irregularities.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“In relation to any comment about the audit report itself, I think that as a basic point, you would want the audit report to be investigated as thoroughly as necessary. You would want there to be a mechanism in place that is transparent, that satisfies the public desire for inquiry, that affords social partners an opportunity to give their comment, that ensures that even the appearance of the inquiry is something that is above reproach and my simple opinion is that I believe that that mechanism is the senate. I think that in terms of one view, nobody will dispute in relation to stomp out corruption in public life. Secondly, the report has come out; I think certain parts of it is troubling, it requires inquiry and I think as a basic point, as a fundamental point, you would want an inquiry that is as thorough and as detailed and as objective as possible. You would want this because I think of the nature of it. Two things Belizeans noh like dah the Guatemalan issue and passport. This is something which has plagued us. And as a mayor I am trying to get certain reforms done, but I can’t because the national attention is absorbed by this. And I think that we need to have an inquiry that is impregnable to any type of criticism so that as a nation, the public can feel vindicated; that those who must be called to account are called to account; that whatever questions need to be asked are asked and that we can move on to get on to the things which are really important to moving ahead the national development agenda of this nation.

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