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Feb 8, 2018

The P.U.P. to Review Contracts Issued Past the Life of the Current City Council

Henry Charles Usher

A four-year contract renewal for Candice Burke to remain city administrator, along with four other directors, has brought outgoing mayor Darrell Bradley under fire.  On Wednesday, he confirmed that a new agreement between the Belize City Council and Burke had been signed back in November 2017.  Bradley contends that the purpose of the extension is for continuity, however, the question of whether the departing mayor should be approving such agreements which extend beyond his term in office and that of the current council has been raised openly.  In the past, Mayor Bradley has defended unpopular decisions by simply stating that he is the municipal leader of Belize City.  When asked earlier today for a take on the controversial decision, P.U.P. Chairman Henry Charles Usher criticized the move as just another deceptive tactic to keep the mayor’s father employed at City Hall.

 

Henry Charles Usher, P.U.P. Chairman

“Well I found it very comical that the mayor would say something like that because he’s not, he doesn’t stand on any firm legal footing to even be speaking on security of tenure.  Isn’t it ironic that the U.D.P. under Dean Barrow removed security of tenure for judges, but now Darrell Bradley is trying to give security of tenure to his father, Joe Bradley, because Joe Bradley is a senior manager in this U.D.P. City Council.  So really, Darrell is trying to ensure that his father remains employed which I find very comical.  But secondly, he’s trying to reach from the political grave.  Everybody knows that Darrell Bradley is finished.  Everybody knows that in terms of politics, as you said, he’s a lame duck, but beyond that he’s dead politically.  So he’s trying to reach from the grave and trying to control things after he’s already gone from City Hall.  I can tell you categorically that the next P.U.P. city council after March seventh will review all of these contracts, will look at them and if there’s anything unusual and if there’s anything that can be changed, they will be changed.”

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