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Aug 1, 2012

P.U.P. Press Conference on land grab and alleged corruption

Florencio Marin jr.

From time to time we have reported on alarming land transactions at the Ministry of Natural Resources. The allegations have centered on what is considered ministerial abuse in the sale of huge acreages of prime land to family members or highly connected party supporters at rock bottom prices. Recently, we reported on a long list of parcels of land that have landed in the hands of family members of the current minister. The representative for Corozal South East first raised it in the House but last Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow shifted the focus on him during a special session of the House. The Prime Minister read from a list, which he said, contained more than one hundred different parcels of land that had been acquired by Florencio Marin Junior through his father, a former Minister of Land. To put things in perspective this is what the P.M. said.

 

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“Because this matter was originally raised by the member for Corozal Southeast, I have here a list of the lands that he got from his father; he got from the P.U.P. when they were in charge of the ministry. This is the list of all the lands that he got; most of which he turned around and has now sold.  There is; let me start with BelCor Industrial Limited, a company owned by himself and his father; one hundred and ninety-five acres along the sea coast in Sarteneja—place weh you like; sea coast you know. A hundred and ninety-five acres all sea front land for seventeen thousand seven hundred and ninety-four dollars—ninety-one dollars per acre. Mister Speaker, when I look at this list, dah Miss Riverol; it’s your sister-in-law—when you want talk about friends and family. But let me just leave them out. Let me just deal with the member for Corozal Southeast and noh even go to your family. Mister Speaker, apart from the one hundred and ninety-five acres of sea land in Sarteneja, there is a company that they also owned, CoroBel; ten point five acres and I will speak about what currently remains in their possession as well as what he has sold. CoroBel; ten point five acres along the Consejo Road, South East. CoroBel again, one hundred and seventy-eight point four acres in Consejo. CoroBel again, four hundred and ninety-six point zero nine acres in Santa Elena. You want to tell people about CoroBel. And then when you go to Florencio Marin Jr.; San Jose Palmar, one thousand five hundred and forty-two point eight square acres [of] San Jose Palmar. Mister Speaker, I can’t read all that; it’s like one hundred and twenty-eight pieces of land that he acquired in San Jose Palmar. You go over to Lowers Bight Area; San Jose Palmar again; San Andres; Ranchito; Belmopan Registry—all over the country.”

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8 Responses for “P.U.P. Press Conference on land grab and alleged corruption”

  1. Storm says:

    So what, PM, are your thieves less guilty than theirs? IS EITHER PUP OR UDP WITHOUT SIN?

    The problem is abuse of official positions for personal profit, it’s intolerable in a democracy that is supposed to be where we are ALL EQUAL, and where there is rule of law.

    The fact that you tolerate thieves at all is just abetment of corrupt practices. WILL YOU EVER LIFT A FINGER TO END CORRUPTION UNDER YOUR GOVERNMENT?

    Here is equality that I think most Belizeans support: put ALL the crooks in jail, and boot them from public office, UDP and PUP alike.

  2. blackberry says:

    OH! THE SPOILS OF SERVING THE PEOPLE.

  3. david96500 says:

    Nothing new Ambergris Caye was grabbed by poleticians a long time ago. Millons have been made…webster should change the definition of poleticians to mean lairs…and yet we still vote for them….pup udp all the same!!!

  4. belizean with no land says:

    tek baack all lands from all persons dats have served and is serving in government and their associated friends and families..

    distribute fairly to all belizean citizens and those ministers that have served and on retirement can be ‘sold’ land after their terms with restirctions to amounts and locati

  5. Sanpedrano says:

    Montero is the smartest of the land grabbers. While one minister gets hundreds of acres on the mainland where the price of about $500.00 an acre, Montero accumulates his acres on Ambergris Caye where an acre has a market value of $200,000,00 per acre. Poor Sanpedranos have to buy a small lot 60X100 for forty thousand. With only 5 acres, he is a millionaire. And the Area rep i s the only one who authorizes land transactions in San Pedro.

  6. me says:

    Yet when you go to lands department for land (a piece to buy) they say there is land but need letter of recomendation from politicians and there you go for that letter . only to tell you (the politician) that there is no land available, only if you buy from other peolple , which is sky high prices.

  7. Tarasbulba says:

    Unu goh head an knack out unuself, now we know dih truth, while citizens are crying out for a parcel of land throughout the entire country. A tell unu long time ago, “God noh like ugly”. We are now getting everything from the horses mouths. Both left and Right. Thank unu, more deh fih come out!!

  8. Uncle Benji says:

    As a kid, I spent many summer days frolicking in the beautiful Belizean sun on the Craig’s farm. I asked my old Uncle Papsi why couldn’t we own farmland like these lucky people? His casual reply was “we don’t have an uncle George.”

    As an old man, I walked the beautiful farmland in Orange Walk, stopped and plucked a juicy orange from an orange tree, and wandered why this centenarian never was able to own such beautiful land. The warm sun smiled at me as I shuffled and farted, while the wind whispered “you don’t have an uncle Gaspar.”

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