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Nov 16, 2018

John Saldivar Accuses Said Musa of Giving Hilltop Away

Said Musa

According to Musa, he was shocked to learn that the present Belmopan City Council has sold the property to an Asian businessman of Corozal. Musa was also shocked when he read a lengthy post by U.D.P. Minister John Saldivar, in which the Belmopan area rep accuses Musa of gifting the property to the P.S.U.  Saldivar wrote, “Hilltop did not belong to the Government of Belize and was therefore not Said Musa’s to give.” Today, Musa responded to Saldivar’s statements. 

 

Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“I know that the Minister has, the Minister of National Security, has raised questions that I purported to give away the property. That was not so. Mr. Chanona and I, the mayor at the time, met in my office, we discussed the matter in an attempt the assist the union because well the Public Service Union represents the thousands of public officers who are rendering very great and invaluable service to this nation and we had to hesitation in turning over this facility to them because it was run down at the time quite frankly. They I believe had already spent some money at the time when the lease was signed in trying to restore the facility. The suggestion that I agreed to give it to them, not so. Mr. Chanona and I, since it was a Recondev first and then put under the Belmopan  City Council, the mayor agreed to grant them this lease and I supported it by signing at the bottom of it as well to his signature as well to the signature of Ms. Margaret Ventura, I think at the time the president., I signed as a witness of honor to show that the government is behind this lease and in support of the PSU. Whether or not the lease will stand up to scrutiny or whether or not it is sufficient ground in cancelling this sale, I would think that the Belmopan City Council being a council of the government of the day and even the minister who is commenting on this matter is proposing that the sale be reverse. I would support and that is why I made the statement because the whole thing smells badly man. Even if it isn’t bad, it has a rancid smell, let’s put it that way.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“It’s fishy.”

 

Said Musa

“Fishy, yes!”

 

The issue remains a contentious one for the union, which has not met with the City Council to discuss the way forward.

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