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Oct 14, 2016

P.U.P. Says Minister Vega Could Face Court Action for Double Dealing

It has been a bad week for the Prime Minister, aside from the pressures of the strike by teachers and the decision for a shutdown by the business community as well as its withdrawal from the Senate Select Investigation, the land hustle at the Ministry of Natural Resources is adding pressure to the current political crisis. On Tuesday, we reported on the almost close to half a million dollars paid in compensation to Andre Vega, the son of the then deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Vega acquired a piece of land from Hilmar Alamilla for fifteen thousand dollars. Alamilla is Gaspar Vega’s henchman who first bought the land at a fire sale price of two thousand five hundred dollars after the Minister had interceded for a discounted price. But the one acre parcel of land in question which is at Mile Five on the Philip Goldson Highway and extends to the sea front, was privately owned by Carlton Russell and the Minister knew so. In fact, at least twice, the Lands Officer wrote in the files that the land is not available. But the land was sold and Andre Vega was compensated four hundred thousand dollars through an agreement with Dominque Gomez. That happened in December 2015 while Vega was still the Minister.  Shadow Attorney General Kareem Musa honed in on the alleged role of Vega and why he too could be called to court on misfeasance charges.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Shadow Attorney General

“There are several other issues of misfeasance; and I will let you in on this, in relation to the recent revelation on I believe Channel Five News and last night on Channel Seven News. The then Minister of Lands, Gapi Vega, knowingly issued a second title over a land that he knew was private that ultimately led to his son benefiting three hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars from the taxpayers—let’s not get confused; not government, but taxpayers will now pay three hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars in profit when the Minister of Lands knowingly—because the public officers, the professionals, the technicians on the ground told him, Mister Vega this is private land; you cannot issue a second title over this. And so if you knowingly issue a second title when that is private land; to me that is again misfeasance in public office.”

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2 Responses for “P.U.P. Says Minister Vega Could Face Court Action for Double Dealing”

  1. spike says:

    I believe the issuing of a second title over land that is already privately owned is relatively common by the Lands Dept. In fact they did just that on my land too. Wilbert Vallejos’s signature was all over the papers. The syndicate included a crooked land surveyor, a crooked justice of the peace, and a real estate salesman from a well known real estate company in Belize, as well as others within the survey division of the Lands Dept. I hope Kareem Musa prosecutes them all.

  2. belizean says:

    This too has happened to me. A title was issued to a politician that includes my sea front and shows 2 survey pillars actually in the sea. I have requested help from Minister Vega as well as Mr. Vallejos, with no success. I have paid an attorney from a reputable law firm in Belize city, and still no resolution.

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