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Aug 1, 2012

P.U.P. Village Chairman exonerates Corozal Southeast Area Rep.

Orlando Balam

Well this morning, the P.U.P. called a press conference on the statement made by the prime minister. The main star was village council chairman Orlando Balam who was brought in from the north to clear up the mess of land purportedly issued in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, to Florencio Marin Jr.  Balam exonerated the Corozal Southeast Area Representative, stating that the community is situated on government land, which can only be acquired through inheritance.


Orlando Balam, Chairman, San Jose Nuevo Palmar

“I want to clarify that the lands he said that Mr. Florencio [Marin Jr. reportedly acquired], a hundred and twenty eight [parcels] to be exact, he said he has in Palmar, Mr. Florencio has not even an inch of that land in our village.  Since those false accusations the villagers of San Jose Palmar have come to me asking me well is this true?  Well I have tried to explain now because some of them are new villagers coming in, youths, and I try to explain to them that Palmar has a very, I believe right now I can’t tell you the extent now of the history or the story of what [brought about] San Jose Palmar but for you to get a parcel in San Jose Nuevo Palmar you need to be a descendant from the elders that came from the Yalbac area, you know, from Yalbac.  That is crown land, you can’t get [any of it] nobody can, only descendants from the village. Any government that comes in is a trustee of the Palmar crown lands so when you see [a signature] for the Government of Belize it means that that lot has not been given to someone else noh.  It still belongs to [us] because the government is the trustee of the land, of the Minister of Lands.  So he sees, maybe the Prime Minister sees documents but he does not understand them that’s why.”

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3 Responses for “P.U.P. Village Chairman exonerates Corozal Southeast Area Rep.”

  1. Storm says:

    You can say anything about the PM, good or bad, but nobody can deny he is a crafty lawyer. Maybe Palmar better check a crafty lawyer of its own to see if it owns anything at all. There are plenty of competing land titles in Belize, and that problem makes investment in property very risky here. A stroke of a pen, an official seal, and somebody else owns your property, and you have no recourse unless you can pay plenty for lawyers and go into the casino they call the courts.

  2. no land man says:

    and is it illegal for someone who inehrits land to sell off to these croonies mr. balam???
    wat about all the loopholes and company structuring to be able to do buisiness in order not to show the actual beneficiaries behind all transactions.

    how much parcels mr marin di offer you mr balam?

    unno di try tek belizeans fi fool..

  3. Dean says:

    Mr Balam would look like a fool if he wasn’t telling the truth. No, I don’t think anyone had to offer anything. I think if a person is selling his land, to buy it would be an investment, because no one would buy every land for sale. They would buy only those that show some kind of benefit to be gained if it is developed. However to get government land, over and over, just because you are a minister in the ruling government, or give your family government land in many places, can be considered as corruption which shouldn’t be tolerated. The government regulation state clearly that all born Belizean is entitled to a piece of land, and we can all agree to that, but to be getting government land from government over and over in many different places, none of us should agree to that. We have no objection if people want to sell their right to a piece of government land after he/she have developed it, and no objection to who buys it. Don’t be blind no land man, just because your party is in power. If we can agree to one piece of land and stick to that, then our children will get their share some day. However if after you get your piece of land, you turn around and sell it, then you are not entitled to another because you have already gotten. Hopefully we will one day be able to say say wrong is wrong, no matter who did it. If one party did wrong, and got booted for it, the other one should know that they will get the same treatment, for we cannot continue to be fools!

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