Gaspar Vega not scared of scandal and puts faith in God
The Prime Minister did not address directly the land amassed by the Vegas, nor did he indicate if his government would reprimand the Minister or condemn his actions. While the PM has some of the land is bought from private hands, for most people the land transactions stink to high heaven, and whether by luck or nepotism, the Minister of Natural Resources disagrees and says that his people paid the required prices and all transactions were done by the books. The media was invited to accompany Vega on a cattle sweep in Blue Creek today and the matter was raised. According to Vega, he only gave his brother, Ignacio German Vega, one hundred and thirty five acres. While for the average man it is hard to conceive even getting one or two acres of land in Belize, for the close associates, who Vega confirmed majority are relatives, it sounded like it was pretty easy. Vega made it clear today that while he sees nothing wrong with facilitating land titles to his relatives, unlike other people, the Vegas are hard working people. Here are his words.
Jules Vasquez, 7 News
“This is what the P.U.P. said; normal people have to wait in line, have to jump through hoops for years to get a piece of land.”
Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister
“Jules I am not a normal person in Belize; I work much harder than a lot of other people.”
“Yes, but your family should be normal people?”
“My family are as hard working as me.”
“But they are getting preferential treatment.”
“They are not getting preferential treatment from me. They’ve been able to do this ever since; Jules. It is not now that they’re acquiring it. He is not a cane farmer of three-four thousand plus tons of cane today. He has been a cane farmer—every single Hernandez in San Estevan is a cane farmer and they are the biggest cane farmers of that village ever since; not in the last two or four years. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I gave my daughter two house lots and one ten acre piece of farm land. I don’t think or see anything wrong with that. It’s not like I’m giving her land to sell or have a party or whatever the case may be. I think she can build a house or eventually have a little farm.”
“This one right here, Zamir Vega?”
“That’s a house lot. I gave him a house lot in San Pedro.”
“As we know house lots in San Pedro are very expensive, but we see here the purchase cost is two thousand dollars?”
“All house lots in San Pedro are between two thousand and two thousand five hundred dollars; all key land once it’s a house lot, that’s the going price. But look at the land that he is saying I sold for three hundred dollars. And it’s the P.U.P. who actually sold him the alley.”
“So looking at this Do you think that this will deal you a fatal blow from a political perspective or even within your own party?
“I have faith in God. I only fear him because I cyaa hide fah he. The rest, future will tell. I’m not scared.”