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Jan 13, 2012

Opposition asks where is their Xmas Cash?

Dean Barrow

Another pre-election gift was the Christmas disbursement program in which UDP area representatives received forty thousand dollars to spread seasonal joy. Over one point two million dollars were approved and disbursed in December for a Christmas assistance program for the poor.  But not everyone was happy with the program. Opposition Leader Francis Fonseca made his displeasure clear to the PM because no elected Opposition member received funds to distribute to their constituents.

Dean Barrow

“The Government of Belize approved a Christmas Assistance Program for the poor and disadvantaged persons in the whole of Belize. And whereas the program was comprised of elements of food distribution, housing repair, education assistance and small cash contributions; and whereas the total cost of the program was estimated at some Belize one point two four zero million dollars.”

Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

Francis Fonseca

“I wish for record to reflect with absolute clarity that no member on this side of the house has benefited from this so called Christmas assistance Program. In fact we were not beneficiaries of the Prime Minister’s Christmas good will. In fact it is important that the people of this country understand the unelected U.D.P. standard bearers received the monies hat we are talking about today; they received those funds in each of our constituencies. And in fact, they are all over the place boasting about it on TV that they received these funds. We regard that as an absolute travesty. So we want the record to reflect with absolute clarity that we were not participants of this program; that we were not beneficiaries of this program and in fact it should be more appropriately called a U.D.P. Election Christmas Assistance Program because that is exactly what it was.”

Dean Barrow

“Mr. Speaker, just to make it absolutely clear; that no member of the house period benefited from this program. The people of this country benefitted every bit of assistance that was given to anyone was channeled through a ministry of government with a clear and transparent record of the disbursements and with evidence of the receipt of the disbursements by the people of this country. Nobody on this side of the house, no U.D.P. official got a penny in his hand; none. Contrast that with the twenty million dollars in Venezuelan money before the last election. Did you even bring that to the house by way of a reporting motion? Is there any record of how that money was disbursed?”

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6 Responses for “Opposition asks where is their Xmas Cash?”

  1. beemtheman says:

    Great comeback ,and that’s correct.
    Just like Bruseno set ,bring the money that you took out the country back ,and then you have your own funds for the people.

  2. latinos del norte says:

    enough with that old saying! the truth is very simple this current administration is incompetent to run a country. they don`t only speak fool they do fool!

  3. Concern says:

    How can we allowed our Social Security money of all we hard working persons be squandered by channelling it thru politicians???? … man this is non-sense and has to stop.

  4. Get it right says:

    Haha PUP vex bc they neva get money fi put in their pockets. They need to know the facts before they go crying bc no minister get money. Nothing change with PUP. All they worry bout da get money fi themsleves.

  5. Lucas says:

    According to Barrow : “The people of this country benefited every bit of assistance..” I think Barrow meant to say: ALL UDPs OF THIS COUNTRY BENEFITTED EVERY BIT OF ASSISTANCE. I challange the PM to name ten PUPs who benefitted from his Xmas programme.
    Did he also say that: With receipt as evidence of disbursement?. AY YA YAAA. I WONDER HOW MANY RECEIPTS WERE FORGED. It seems Barrow can’t find any excuse so he excuses himself bringing in the twenty millions. My father used to say: TO EXCUSE ONESELF IS TO ACCUSE ONESELF. By the way, I know a UDP who benefitted from those twenty millions. MY NEIGHBOR.

  6. Louisville,Ky says:

    Francis, have you neither shame nor scruples my Boy? You couldn’t help but embarass yourself before the entire nation, inquiring about the money disbursed to poor and deserving people. The money was not for the Ministers Francis, what part of that don’t you understand? Was the $20 million not enough?

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