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Oct 16, 2017

COLA Says “Obscene” Fabers Road Contract May Be Final Straw

The Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited has already begun construction on the stretch of Fabers’ Road between Central American Boulevard and the George Price Highway. For that approximately one-mile stretch of road, they will be paid handsomely – almost eight million dollars to reinforce the road bed and put in sidewalks and drains to the sea. Hernandez, a nephew of ex-deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, has won multiple contracts for work across Belize although results have not exactly been awe-inspiring. Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action intend to put a stop to, or at least raise questions, about the process for this contract. During a briefing this afternoon in Belize City, president Geovannie Brackett and member and contractor/engineer Rufus X questioned the legitimacy of the contract, with Brackett calling for civil disobedience and unrest if it is not rescinded.

 

Rufus X

Rufus X, Member, COLA

“Really and truly, there is nothing in that piece of road that can cost eight million dollars, no way you can look at it. This is craziness, especially in a country like Belize where cash is short and there is such a need for cash. Schoolchildren can’t even go to school, some of them because they are short of books and thing and we are spending eight million dollars on a mile of road. And this is a street, my brother; this isn’t even roadwork, this is not even a highway.”

 

Geovannie Brackett

Geovannie Brackett, President, COLA

“Our organization’s name is Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, and so we always, in whatever advocacy we conduct, we always consider direct action. And the Leader of the Opposition did a superb job when he blocked the Toll Bridge, something that COLA endorses fully. And we hope that many other Belizeans will look at these obscene contracts, and would do more blocking bridge, etcetera – I don’t want to give out ideas here, but I would love to sanction all our related affiliate groups. We’ve seen the murder, the execution of Albert Cattouse. We’ve seen unsolved murders – Jules, you yourself were threatened once. We live in a very violent society. We have a low conviction rate. And we live in a time where we have a third-term government that feels that they have unlimited power. I think that it high time that our colleagues and affiliates throughout this country, the fifteen hundred that is connected to COLA, start do something within their vicinity to send a message straight to the Prime Minister, that we will no longer tolerate his rogue government, and yes we do endorse. And you are asking if we take this to the streets – I think we have enough reason to take many things to the streets and we will. We are not taking this lightly any at all. Not just this contract, but everything that is going on right now calls for direct action and civil disobedience that the Prime Minister once called for. I think that the Opposition Leader has gotten the message; whether he got it [or not], I know we at COLA a message was sent to us. It was well-received. And I think that a message should be sent right back to the head, that Rome needs to be burned down, and it needs to be cleansed.”

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1 Response for “COLA Says “Obscene” Fabers Road Contract May Be Final Straw”

  1. Jaded says:

    “results have not exactly been awe-inspiring”. Downright despicable would be more accurate. Cronyism at its worst. How much were quotes from Cisco or Reimer? And we all know the dishonorable minister got his share. How many million was that?

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