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Dec 3, 2010

People’s National Party says Gov’t needs to do more against corruption

Wil maheia

The People’s National Party base may be in the southern most district, however, their message and call for good governance is one that is expressed everyday on the streets.  The recent firing of the Minister of State Edmund Castro and the immigration scandal which includes human trafficking of Chinese, Sri Lankans, Somalis, and Nigerians are only some of the misdeeds which have gone with little more than a slap on the wrist to the accused.  PNP sent out a press release to the media today calling for the Minister of Immigration to also be removed from his post. Wil Maheia, PNP’s Leader told News Five why.

Wil Maheia, Leader of PNP

“We at the People’s National Party call on the Prime Minister to really carry out a thorough investigation and not use junior officers as scapegoat in the case of the officers that were arrest with the plane and the landing at the Bladen, and the junior officers that was arrested with the smuggling of the Chinese. We know for a fact that this has connections all the way at the top. We don’t want the junior officers to be sacrificed. We want a thorough investigation and we are calling on the Prime Minister to carry out that thorough investigation because we Belizeans are awake and alive and that this has implications at the highest level of government and investigation revealing that the highest officers in government are brought to justice.”

Jose Sanchez

“Wil, I also looked at documents where we see passports are being mailed into the country to be signed at the Immigration Department for Sri Lankans, for Nigerians, for Somalians using Kenyan Passports. And that’s very unusual, because you are supposed to have those things vetted at the embassies and consulates in different countries.”

carlos perdomo

Wil Maheia

“We also understand that passports have been mailed in for signatures. We would like an account of all the passports that have been mailed for signatures and whether that is legal or not. I don’t think that it is correct to have people mail in passports for signatures. It should be public knowledge just like when some applies for liquor licenses, it is public knowledge, their names are published in the newspapers and we would like to see that happen as well. We’d like to call on the Prime Minister to remove the Minister of Immigration. For too long since this government has been elected. There have been a lot of scandals coming out of that department. There seems to be rewards instead of punishment for that department. So we want to see the Minister of Immigration removed from that post.

edmund castro

And when it comes to the Minister of State, Edmund Castro, we applaud the Prime Minister for dealing with that situation. But that is just a slap on the risk, we need to go further. We know that three hundred and fifty thousand dollars grader was missing. Nobody was punished for that. Minister Castro obviously broke the law, so we want to see the penalty and we also want that ministerial vehicle be removed. As recently as yesterday morning the government plate vehicle was following Mister Castro on the Western Highway as he rode his bicycle as if nothing has happened. We have to be accountable to the Belizean people and PNP is calling on the Prime Minister to take swift and accurate action.”

It’s a tough year for the Minister of Immigration and Defense Carlos Perdomo. In addition to the current immigration scandal in which many visas were issued to Chinese nationals who disappeared once they reach Belize, Perdomo was also stripped of the police ministry when crime reached epic proportions.  The embattled Perdomo faces a new challenge on Sunday at a convention in which he is being contested by City Councilor Roger Espejo.

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7 Responses for “People’s National Party says Gov’t needs to do more against corruption”

  1. george usher says:

    i just hate to write but belizean please wait our turn is coming soon please vote and lets mix them up stop this pup or udp confuse them like they try to confuse us if they cannot do our job they do not deserve to be in office they must able to manage our money please vote them out belizean no more 2 dollars vote love you aal belizean george belizean

  2. Earl Grey says:

    INCOMPETENCE GALORE…………….however…. IS PUP ANY BETTER????????????????

  3. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    It is the duty of Belizeans to seek a better life. History shows that with time the poor and the

    down trodden gets better educated, increase their wealth and stand up for their rights. It is very

    important that Belizeans stand up and support th PNP and the VIP. These parties are new and

    have a real positive interest in the management of Belize. The damage that our neighboring

    countries have sustained is evident due to poor government. Drug dealers are deadly and

    corruption runs rampant. The current UDP government which hold office is in cahoots with

    many wrong doing which is known and spills over into human suffering and abuse. Belizeans

    are smart and recognizes evil as well as a blessing. Two years of this current government has

    done more ruin to Belize than the PUP and it is high time that Belizeans recognize that both

    these parties are filled and governed by individuals whom interest are for their pockets and their

    friends with money pockets. The common hardworking Belizean ends up believing that his or

    her chances is doomed and accept that life cannot be better. Well thats crap–Belize can be

    managed properly so that every Belizean can improve their lives and live better–GET them

    PNP-GET them VIP-Get them Belizeans.

  4. L.A.resident says:


  5. vigilante justice 316 says:

    Can the people really begin to hope that these new partys can get the job done? Well i say it’s better to give them a chance than to keep banging our heads on the same PUP/UDP rocks and hope for different results every time. The people cry for justice, peace and transparent government but what do we get? Corruption, lies, deceit and a high crime rate…God help us and rain down knowledge on all men and loyalty to countrymen, so that my people will not perish!!! and my country may see prosperity!!

  6. steave says:


  7. blaster1984 says:

    hey guys ,i have been abroaded for a while but what wrong with all the belize chatroom,what is the chatroom ppl chat on right now man ?

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