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Sep 15, 2017

Still No Word from P.M. on Land Reforms

Two weeks ago Opposition Leader John Briceño wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the wake of the Amy Forte/Darlene Padron argument over the deed of conveyance for land on Caye Caulker allegedly swapped with Andre Vega, who turned it into private land on Mosquito Caye with help from his dad Gaspar’s Ministry of Natural Resources. Briceño asked the Prime Minister to cancel all titles and other information with regard to the Vega family’s acquisitions and conduct a Commission of Inquiry into activities at the Lands Department. He also asked for public hearings of the Public Accounts Committee and to roll back investigation of returns of public officials filed from 2012 to the Integrity Commission. There has been no response, but that did not stop Briceño from repeating his call today. 

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“The Prime Minister has refused to answer, and he is refusing to answer because he knows that he is in deep ‘doo-doo’ – I don’t want to use the other word. Because he knows that a lot of corruption has been taking place; he knows that the right thing to do is to be able to have an independent Commission of Inquiry into what has taken place during the time that Gaspar Vega was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources from 2008 to 2015. He knows that the right thing to do is to have his Attorney General take out a case against his former Deputy Prime Minister for misfeasance in public office. And he knows that he promised the Belizean people that he was going to open the Public Accounts Committee meetings to the public and here we are now that they are going to discuss the Auditor General’s Report between 2012 and 2013 – only the Ministry of Finance, Works and Education – that now they want to keep it behind [closed] doors, they want to keep it secret. He knows what is the right thing, that the right thing is to act. He must understand that history is going to be very severe on him because he refused to act when it was time to do the right thing.”

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1 Response for “Still No Word from P.M. on Land Reforms”

  1. spike says:

    Land reforms in Belize should be taken seriously and administered by a committee. Gasper Vega should head up that committee!

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