Viva Las Vegas! Deputy P.M. gave family prime land
When we checked out today, the price of land in San Pedro, it is verifiable that the price paid by the Vega clan is chum change in which ever area the land is situated. In fact, the most conservative estimate for crown land in underdeveloped areas would be at least four times more. This morning Vega was drilled about numerous parcels of land acquired by family members. Near the Burton Canal Nature Reserve, for example, the area was sub-divided and sold off to four family members.
Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister
“San Estevan that’s a land that he had a long time ago all he did now was to push it through and formalize the thing. In Burton Canal, I gave him a lot in Burton Canal and one in Mount Pleasant; he lives in Belmopan. Leticia Vega, that’s thirty acres; I think this is in San Estevan if I’m not mistaken. Yeah, I think it’s in San Estevan. It’s cane fields, Jules. I mean they are getting so petty. I wanted to go to German Vega because I know that’s the main focus. Karen is German Vega and Ignacio. Okay Karen, they say the lots that she got for three hundred dollars. These two house lots that they are talking about that she bought are right behind his present home. Everybody in Orange Walk knows that those lands belonged to B.S.I. from in the 1950′s when they built the factory. He bought the two lots from someone who had bought it from B.S.I. They had a little alley that dead ended right behind his present house lot where he lives. Under the P.U.P., German Vega/Ignacio Vega started the process of acquiring that little alley. It was the P.U.P. Mayor at the time that approved it; Johnny Briceno was the Minister at the time. All I did was finalize the process and for that little alley was what we paid three hundred dollars on. It’s not for the house lot. The Government couldn’t have sold that land because it didn’t belong to the Government since the 1950′s.”
Jules Vasquez, 7 News
“Then we see Ignacio Vega has another holdings here; Indian Hill East Progresso?”
“Okay, Indian Hill, that’s a cane field that my father, since he was the youngest of the nine of us, was left for him. The three or four lots of Progresso that had come up at the news when we had just gotten in 2008. You can check with Mr. Albert Burns whom my brother bought these lands from because they are all lagoon frontage.”
“So you’re saying that’s a private transaction?”
“I guess that’s what I’m saying. All the Progresso land that he has, he bought from Albert Burns and he is a gentleman that is not in politics so he wouldn’t lie; anyone can go and check with him.”
“And these other lots that are in Carmelita; Orange Walk, Orange Walk…”
“I don’t, but your list is not too clear; but I can tell you that in Carmelita, I think it was thirty five acres that he bought from a guy Guerra who used to campaign for P.U.P. and that’s who he bought it from. I gave him a hundred and thirty five acres of land in the Carmelita area and out of that one thirty five, fifty acres were for him that the P.U.P. cancelled in ’98. So all the rest of land that he has was bought through the private sector and these people know about, like the land they are saying I sold for three hundred dollars.”
“Now these lands, in your defence of it, are they fair market value?”
“Yes, you think I should charge my brother more than the rest? I already told you that we charge eight hundred dollars for a house lot in the villages and everybody know that. We charge land in the cayes, two thousand to two thousand five hundred dollars per lot.”
Click here to see a list of the land that has changed hands to the Vega family and high ranking U.D.P.’s. That list was compiled and circulated by the P.U.P. at a press conference on Wednesday.