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Jan 4, 2018

P.M. Says Answers for U.H.S. on Friday

Dean Barrow

Friday morning’s meeting of the House of Representatives is a special session. It is expected to be closely followed as the motion for payment of more than ninety million dollars in principal and interest owed to the Belize Bank is debated. The Bank made a loan to the then-Universal Health Services’ principals in 2004 as part of the Musa administration’s plans for the National Health Insurance scheme. But the Development Finance Corporation’s guarantee fell through and the government took it on directly on the basis, according to former Prime Minister Said Musa, that the government would own the hospital. But that did not happen.  While there has been a cry for government to conform to the November C.C.J. judgment to pay the loan, the Belizean people await word on how the government plans to deal with the matter.  In his New Year’s Address, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave a hint, but not much of one. He said there would be an accounting from those he said were behind the “conspiracy,” so that Belize could repair its honor and dignity.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Of course, 2018 – just like 2017 or any other year – will not be only sweetness and light. In fact, the November CCJ judgment arising out of that murkiest, most opaque, and most malevolent of conspiracies that birthed the UHS millstone, will follow us into the New Year. Since the matter will be going to Parliament on January the fifth, I will not say too much here. But we, Belize, this nation, must come out of this with honour, with dignity. And so, we can’t do that if we were simply to fold, to place our tails between our legs, without account or even explanation from those who perpetrated this most monstrous of back stabs.”

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