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Nov 15, 2017

The “Culture” of Ministerial Recommendations

Those members of Cabinet who have appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee continuously contend that their recommendations for persons to acquire visas, permanent residence, passports and even nationality should not have had any bearing on the final decision. But testimony from employees of the Immigration Department finds to the contrary. Minister of Immigration and Nationality Godwin Hulse ascribed it to a prevailing culture of feeling that it would expedite – not necessarily circumvent. He contended that it still should not have deterred Immigration employees from doing their jobs.


Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“Was there a need for people to seek Ministerial intervention, Ministerial recommendation when the process was so simple as you describe it – it’s a matter of one, two, three? Why did Ministers have to send recommendations for other Ministers? That is what we are trying to figure out. Why, for example, Minister, did we have testimony in front of us that somebody was paying somebody thousands of dollars just to bring these things to give them to certain people in the Department; for a visa, when the process should be so simple? People were paying more than the cost of the visa to facilitate these processes – why?”


Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality

“Baffles me too, Senator, but I can only say that you’d have to ask them. The thing is that as far as I am concerned – and I hear you, and I hear the weight of Ministers – It’s a kind of culture, ‘if the Minister say’ – but I cannot relieve the responsibility of the persons, the functionaries who should do their work. And I don’t want to shift that. I hear the issue, and I never thought that I had the need to recommend anybody even though I have the authority. But I don’t know why they would have felt the need to be recommending and recommending – I know it’s a culture in Belize, we all know it’s a culture in Belize. I am not one of those persons who have put myself up for election, so I don’t have anybody supporting me or need to have anybody supporting me; those are reasons but I can’t answer that. As far as I am concerned, there was no need, except in many cases people felt that it would expedite the process, etcetera. I can’t suggest that in fact it’s to circumvent the process, because the process was so simple.”

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