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Nov 23, 2017

Deputy Has P.M.’s Back as Discussion Begins on U.H.S. Payment

Patrick Faber

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber minced no words earlier today when he openly spoke out against the decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice on Wednesday.  The CCJ has ordered the Government of Belize to fork over ninety million dollars to the Belize Bank Limited, after years of litigation in respect of the U.H.S. debt.  This morning, we caught up with the outspoken parliamentarian in San Ignacio and got an official response from him on the most recent loss that the Barrow administration has had to endure at the CCJ.  He wasted no time in pointing out that the matter involving the Universal Health Services debt is, quote, ‘terribly disappointing and an absolute nightmare. The DPM says that he and the rest of Cabinet stand firmly behind the Prime Minister Dean Barrow as they decide on how they will proceed with the CCJ’s ruling. Faber laid the ninety-million- dollar blame squarely at the feet of the previous People’s United Party administration.  He says there will be lots of discussion on how they will move forward.

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“It is terribly disappointing. It continues to have us make the point that the horrors and the evils of the last P.U.P. administration continue to haunt us. Of course, our position is that this is not something that we should be paying any at all. There are no benefits to the Belizean people and so it is an absolute nightmare for us that this is the outcome coming from the CCJ. We will now have to discuss what our position will be as the Government. We did have preliminary discussions in Cabinet on Tuesday but we did not know what the official outcome would have been and so it is left to be seen what those discussions will yield. But, if you want my personal view, right off, I don’t think that this is a burden that the Belizean taxpayers should be carrying at all and it is going to deprive us of monies that we could be doing a whole lot more things with education, of course, in my view, top on that list. I cry shame on all those Belizeans who are involved with Lord Ashcroft to continue to rape and cream the coffers of this country, including the former prime minister and people like Mr. Courtenay who are smiling all the way to the bank at the expense on the Belizean people. So, we condemn that and we encourage all Belizeans to unite behind the Prime Minister on such an important issue. So, certainly, as his Deputy, I am sure I can speak for the rest of my Cabinet colleagues that we will support the Prime Minister in this endeavor and we will try to collectively make the right decision as to how we move forward; trying to preserve the good name of our country as well; trying to observe the rule of law and trying to do what we believe is right, in terms of right by the Belizean people.”

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