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Dec 9, 2016

Another Vega Land Scandal; Massive Swap of Farmland in Carmelita

The final session of the House of Representatives for 2016 kicked off this morning in Belmopan. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber took the reins for the first time with the Prime Minister out of the country.  While the sitting was packed with Bills, most of the fireworks were reserved for the session after the adjournment. Shadow Minister of Natural Resources for the Opposition People’s United Party Cordel Hyde unveiled what appears to be a questionable land transaction in the village of Carmelita, Orange Walk District, involving members of the family of former Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega. One thousand six hundred acres of farmland in fifty-five separate parcels came together when individual lot owners, including intimates of the ex-Minister, sold their parcels to German Vega and Sons Imports Limited, separately, and to the wife of the former DPM, Marleni Roxanne Vega, within weeks or months of obtaining the said parcels. While Hyde was under restraint from Speaker of the House Michael Peyrefitte not to accuse the absent Gaspar Vega directly, he left no doubt that strange things happened here.

 

Cordel Hyde

Cordel Hyde, Area Rep., Lake Independence

“But Hilmar [Alamilla] is – the papers we have here say that Hilmar is a resident of Number two, Liberty Avenue in Orange Walk Town; he got, I think it was ninety – how much was it – ninety-one point eight-five or nine-five acres of land for a small sum, a small sum. I think he paid three thousand, six hundred and sixty-nine dollars for these ninety-one point nine-five acres of land. He got that on – that’s Block four, parcel fifteen-eighty two – he got that on June twenty-first, 2011; but five months later, on November twenty-third, 2011, he sold, transferred the land to Marleni Roxana Vega of number eighteen Clarke Street, in consideration of twenty-three thousand dollars. That transfer was signed by Justice of the Peace, Derrick Gillett. Unu know he too? Derrick Gillett…”

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“He dah the one weh sell sea fish from Orange Walk to Belize City Hospital.”

 

Cordel Hyde

“Oh; I neva know he had da fame too. What I know of Derrick Gillett is that Derrick Gillett is one of the first persons – the first case that became public with this land compensation scheme. In 2010, he somehow got a land from the Government that belonged to Silvio Correa, and Silvio Correa say ih wah ih land. But Lands Department and Derrick Gillett pushed back. Dah no like now when they easily worked out a compensation package – pushed back, they went to court; the Court ruled in favour of Mister Correa; and Lands Department turned around and rewarded this gentleman with a nice cheque for a hundred and forty-eight thousand dollars. It’s a web, you see. Derrick Gillett is a Justice of the Peace; out of these fifty-five land transfers, he signed twelve of them. It’s a real operation. Solomon Sealy sold his one to Marleni Roxana Vega too, and then there’s Linda Sealy – these are all twenty-five acre plots, you know; as they get it, they sell it. They no like it; they no like land. Linda Sealy sold hers to German Vega and Sons Import Limited. Lillian Sealy got her twenty-five acres, and she sold hers to German Vega and Sons Import Limited, too. Lincoln Sealy got his one, and he sold his twenty-five acres, he sold to German Vega and Sons Import Limited, too! There’s more Sealys. Kenisha Ashanti – that’s a nice name, Kenisha Ashanti, right, member for Mesopotamia? – Kenisha Ashanti Sealy, twenty-five acres, she sold hers to German Vega and Sons Imports Limited. I have to get that correct; cause some of these land documents have German Vega and Sons Company Limited, and all of them feature a little scratch, of the company and put imports.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Speaker of the House

“Maybe they like buy land?”

 

Cordel Hyde

“Dehn like buy land? That’s okay, too. But I noh know so much people weh like sell deh land, weh deh right next to each other, for so cheap! German Vega also bought Carl Sealy’s twenty-five acres. Actually, in this case, Carl Sealy sold his one to German Vega and Sons Import Limited, who then transferred it to Marleni Roxana Vega; he never hold it too long.”

 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hyde did not indicate how much was spent by the Vegas to obtain the land and what it is being used for now. News Five has a copy of the documents in question and will closely examine them as we continue to investigate this developing story.

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5 Responses for “Another Vega Land Scandal; Massive Swap of Farmland in Carmelita”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    Another Ex Deputy PM and Ex Minister of Natural Resources who made millions and owns land everywhere is Pancho Pistolas of Corozal. Of course he was in power before the days of the Internet so was never checked or caught. Florencio Marin is now rich, retired, related to the Gov Gen, a good friend to Mario Villanueva Madrid and immune to a jail sentence.

  2. spike says:

    Talk about a “hotbed of corruption”, I wonder if the PM even new his top man in the Lands Dept. was so corrupt. Belize is going, going, gone!

  3. Mike G. says:

    Guess these crooks will somehow get Grandfathered into forgiveness by the UNCAC. What a bunch of thieves they are . . . and to steal from the people who feed them. Unforgiveable!

  4. carlos says:

    You thought Musa government was corrupt? No past government can reach the level of corruption this present government has reached. The bad part is that the Prime minister promise to eliminate corruption in his government . He has failed terribly to this Nation and its people. I think the P M should dissolve this government and let the people elect a new group, hoping they will not get corrupt like this present one.

  5. Marie says:

    Anyone buying large acres of land should be investigated and they should make an agreement to use the land for agriculture or build so it creates jobs. You can’t just have land because you want. So sad, many people denied land and these thieves grab.pKR7

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