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Oct 14, 2016

Opposition Says Prime Minister Must Resign Over B.T.L. Settlement

The Opposition People’s United Party is going after Prime Minister Dean Barrow once more on the Belize Telemedia Limited Settlement Agreement and is calling for his resignation.  It has been confirmed that Government paid off sixty-seven and a half million U.S. dollars as the first payment toward the Agreement, after the original payment in Belize dollars was rejected by Dunkeld Investments and B.T.L. Employees’ Trust. That rejection was upheld by the Caribbean Court of Justice, which also noted that the agreement was poorly drafted. This afternoon, the party’s Shadow Attorney General, Kareem Musa, laid the blame once again at the feet of the Prime Minister and his law partner, Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Shadow Attorney General

“The Prime Minister said that we are going to get value for money; those are the words he used, but yet we get a sloppy agreement—a poorly drafted agreement—that is reckless. And I dear say that that is misfeasance in public life. That is a case that warrants a misfeasance in public office claim. Because the Prime Minister dragged out this case for eight years, costing Belizeans two hundred million and right before the election, because he wanted to win a third term, a  poorly drafted agreement was presented that now benefits one man, Lord Michael Ashcroft. And that is why we in the People’s United Party are saying that this is the true legacy of this Prime Minister. This acquisition that has benefited his brother; that has benefited his law partner and that has benefited his son, Anwar Barrow who we still don’t know how many millions he is making or has made as the chairman of the executive committee; and now finally Michael Ashcroft. Those are the ultimate true beneficiaries; those are the facts before the Belizean people; millions, hundreds of millions of wasted money. And this is your Prime Minister’s legacy, we cannot forget that: wastage in government, recklessness in government and irresponsibility in government. And that is why we are saying that he should now do the responsible thing and resign from his Prime Ministership.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, is the P.U.P. considering bringing such a suit?”

 

Kareem Musa

“Yes, we are definitely considering that.”

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