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Sep 19, 2016

Julius Espat Gets Back Part of Monies For Constituency

Julius Espat

Last week we reported on the attempt by the Clerk of the National Assembly to withhold Cayo South area representative Julius Espat’s salary, community vote and office allowances following his so-called suspension from the House of Representatives on August twenty-sixth.  We say “attempt,” because there has been some movement on the matter. Today, we learned that the community vote and office allowance were restored on the advice of the Government’s chief financial officer, Joseph Waight. As to his salary, that is still being withheld.  Espat gave us an update in Belmopan.

 

Julius Espat, Area Rep., Cayo South

“From the clerk, no. but I got a copy of a letter written by the Financial Secretary to the Clerk explaining to him that what he said was erroneous; that he had no authority to stop the payment of the constituency vote and to stop payments of the assistance to office because that comes from the Ministry of Finance. The only authority he had was on the salary or anything that has to do with the National Assembly. So that was clarified a couple days after by the Financial Secretary with instructions from the Prime Minister.”

 

Espat repeated that he does not believe that he has been properly suspended, and will file an application for the Supreme Court to review the decision of Speaker Michael Peyrefitte later this week. In line with those beliefs he plans to attend the next meeting of the House and others while the matter is resolved.

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