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Nov 17, 2017

…And the B.D.F. Too

John Briceño

There is bipartisan support for an extended investigation of Belize Jungle Experience Limited. The company is already being audited by the Supreme Audit Institution concerning monies paid for the training of German soldiers in Belize’s jungles between 2015 and 2017.  For the year 2016, some thirty-six B.D.F. staff members were involved in the training under Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches. But some expenses, including salaries and the use of the then-non-functional helicopter fleet, were wrongly reported and paid for. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has already said it is “a different level” of corruption. Leader of the Opposition John Briceño concurs, saying he hopes the investigation doesn’t take too long.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“I think that the little we have seen – because I have not seen the report; I managed to get a quick look of what people saw afterwards – I think it is symptomatic of this U.D.P. Government. Here we have the most corrupt government this country has ever seen – the corruption is at every single level, you can see the corruption is at every single Ministry in the Government and most of it is being headed by the political directorate – either the Ministers themselves or the people that they have appointed in there. When you go to, for instance, the Belize Airports Authority, you will see the corruption taking place. It has spread like a cancer in Government, and I hope the Auditor General can put some kind of pressure on the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, to bring that report to the public so that the entire Belizean populace can take a look and can also start to make judgment.”

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