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Apr 30, 2018

Ex-Mayor: We Can Document What We Did

Darrell Bradley

Former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley came out swinging today, after remaining quiet in the face of questionable city council spending that have since been exposed by his successor.  Last Thursday, Mayor Bernard Wagner made public the results of an audit exercise conducted at City Hall via a transition report.  That presentation outlines the expenditure of the municipal government under the previous U.D.P. administration.  Included in the purported findings are several delinquencies, such as failure to pay General Sales Tax, Income Tax and Social Security in a timely manner.  This afternoon, Bradley broke his silence by wholly dismissing the idea that his council was ever behind on those payments.  He even touched on the issue of an outstanding bill that is said to have been racked up by his father at a Chinese restaurant across from City Hall.  Bradley says that all expenses came with requisite documentation which the present administration refused to mention in its report.

 

Darrell Bradley, Former Belize City Mayor

“I would dispel any notion that there were any delinquencies.  First and foremost, I heard somewhere that the new city council was doing an audit.  If they want to do that that’s fine, but I want to say categorically and clearly that the reason that you can do an audit is because we emphasized transparency and accountability and we made sure that the records were there.  So that when I inherited City Hall I didn’t inherit any records, I didn’t inherit any documents, I didn’t inherit any clear plan, procedure or strategy.  This new mayor is inheriting a city council that, for all intents and purposes is well run.  You have a very professional, well-managed staff and you had a city council that had operational goals during my six years and we can show what we did.  In relation to record-keeping or so forth, I think that what they’re presenting, and you’re perfectly in line if you want to say, okay then, a new party has come in, a new leadership has come in and you want to look to the past, that’s fine.  But people elected you to do a job, so my advice, if he will take a little bit, is look to the future.  There’s nothing really there in terms of any kind of irregularity and one thing that you will say is that whenever you say if there is any expenditure on this or that, there is clear documentation and there is evidence to show where monies were spent.  One of the problems that I have is that if you do an audit, you have to show supporting documentation.  There is one thing that was said in relation to a check payment that went to a Chinese establishment.  A thing that I will, and I impressed upon this to you Isani, a big thing that an organization like a city council pays for is food.  I saw that they produced a check.  Whenever you sign a check for city council there is a wad of documents that’s behind that.  So there will be receipts, there will be a budget, there will be line items and there will be a detailed report as to where that money is going for.  You never have a check for six thousand, five thousand, four thousand and the mayor or whomever just writes a check.  There’s a significant amount of paperwork that goes to that.  All I’m saying is that if you want to do a report, which is fine, you are the leader.  You are the mayor of the city, present honest and fair and balanced information because when I was there nobody can really say that well you were unbalanced.”

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2 Responses for “Ex-Mayor: We Can Document What We Did”

  1. Timber says:

    You should have kept your mouth shut Darrel and this would have gone away. You and I both know that the allegations are true and that your father probably has another bill at the “Putas” bar on Daly street where he was a regular and would get belligerent and drunk. You also know that, in the least, it’s a huge CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND TANTAMOUNT TO CORRUPTION WHEN YOU RENEWED MS’ MILLERS CONTRACT FOR FOUR YEARS KNOWING THAT’S NOT PROCEDURE AND ALSO THERE WAS A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT THE UDP WOULD LOSE. You talk about transparency and accountability, let’s talk also about the rush to pay in excess of sixty thousand dollars, to Gilly Franklin, after your party lost. I can tell you, but do tell the public who in the Council the kickbacks were shared with. When you first came on the political scene, I said, good, a new movement and possibly a breath of fresh air. However, under your Party’s administration, Belize has seen the worst case of corruption, nepotism, crime and downright abuse, more so than the PUP ever did. You guys are nothing but a bunch of criminals! I watch and listen to your father call people all kinds of names publicly and call them thieves. He forgot his Northern Fishermen Co-operative tenure and why he’s not there anymore. For the younger heads and those who’ve forgotten, tell them the scenario with you older brother Joseph Junior, who, was on the slate for PUP City Council years ago when you all were living by Fairweather street bridge by Wesley Upper and how he mysteriously disappeared just before elections. Ask him what happened to the campaign finances. He now lists as having a onstrution company in Los Angeles. I wonder what was the rush to give RJ construction a four year contract to fix broken cement streets which were don poorly the first time. I recall a couple years ago in Licensing, a clerk told your half sister she needed some more paperwork for a vehicle she was registering and had the gall to ask the clerk if she knew who her brother was. You and I both know the situation with that before she started driving a basically brand new Wingle or DMax; Apartment being thrown up now where they stay by Button Wood Bay. As a friend, I had some hope, but we are starting to see that you stating that the Council was left in good standings was you all cooking the books. You and your government have set Belize back over thirty years financially and socially with the type of behavior, including criminals you encourage instead of prosecute. I digress.

  2. meandi says:

    Let me understand this. so you can document these expenses “after the fact”? why was it not properly documented in the first instance. Seriously, this man think we are stupid.

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