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Nov 9, 2016

Minister Denies Double Dealing with Many Government Offices

But while we were with the Minister Martinez, the issue of the rental of his properties to his own ministry came up. The Department of Social Services, which used to be on Regent Street, has been relocated to a well-known bright yellow building near the hand roundabout at the entrance to the George Price Highway. It joins the Lands Department Office in Belize City that has also moved to the building from its previous location on North Front Street. So is there conflict for the Department of Social Services to rent from its own minister? That’s what the media asked Martinez who confirmed that in fact the building is owned by his daughter.

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, U.D.P. Minister

“The building at the roundabout….”

 

Reporter

“Yeah, the towering yellow building.”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“That building, fortunate for me, that building is for my daughter.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, but you just described the Vega situation…”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“So weh dah di Vega situation here?”

 

Reporter

“I am saying that that was his son; this is not a comparable situation in terms of that, but it is not for you; it is for your daughter. Is that sir a conflict of interest?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“How it will be conflict of interest? I have a product; I have a product.”

 

Reporter

“Lot of people have that product; it is called rental space.”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“That is right. I don’t know how much people have a product like that with the quality and location. And so I have don’t have no difficulty with that. nothing illegal; nothing immoral.”

 

Reporter

“Is it a process that you were involved in to say hey, we deh ina this old Urbina building yah…we need to relocate; I got wah spot.”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Not at all, sir. Not at all.”

 

Reporter

“So you are saying they chose that space based on a sober assessment of well we have X offered for Y rental value or V being offered…”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Well I think the ministry of public service was the ministry involved in that process.”

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1 Response for “Minister Denies Double Dealing with Many Government Offices”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    Dem UDP de tief like crazy because they know the free ride is over next election. Then a new crowd of Poor thief will take oVer government and start filling their Pockets.

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