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Aug 21, 2017

What’s Going on at Airports Authority?

Dean Barrow

The Belize Airports Authority was featured in a patronage scandal in 2014, when then-Minister in charge Edmond Castro was discovered to have used its funds for work in his Belize Rural North constituency. While in that instance the entire board resigned and control was transferred to Manuel Heredia Junior’s Tourism Ministry, the authority is back in the news again for alleged irregularities involving misuse of funds. The chairman has reportedly resigned and a shake-up is due. The Prime Minister was questioned about it after Friday’s House of Representatives meeting.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I do know, to be perfectly frank with you, that there was an ex-employee of the BAA that had raise some concerns and it may well be that it’s in consequence of that that the chairperson resigned, if he has resigned. But I don’t know enough and I don’t want to prejudice anybody so let me just leave it.”

 

Reporter

“Are you aware of misallocation or misuse of the funds at that board once again in terms of persons receiving pre-payment of their stipend, misuse of the credit card – other things related to that?”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I am not aware. I’ve not been presented with any evidence of any board member having been the recipient of prepaid stipend. I have heard that this may have taken place, but the person who came to see me did not offer any evidence of that, so I am not trying to be the artful dodger. I know that there has been that talk, but I certainly wasn’t given any evidence of that.”

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