Dirty laundry list of U.D.P. family names in land grab
By now you know of the persistent reports of a crazy ‘land grab’ at the Ministry of Natural Resources involving relatives and close associates of the Deputy Prime Minister. When it came up in the House during the recent budget debate, the Prime Minister deflected the report by claiming that Corozal Southeast Representative, Florencio Marin Junior, was also involved in questionable land transactions. Marin Junior, however, has brought out a village council chairman to disclaim the report that he owned land in San Jose Nuevo Palmar. On Wednesday, the P.U.P. also presented another list, a veritable dirty laundry list with thirty-seven names; eleven of whom are known relatives of the D.P.M., Gaspar Vega. The parcels of land which are primarily house lots and farm acreage have been sold with prices far below market value. But here is what Marin Junior told the media on Wednesday.
Florencio Marin Jr., Corozal Southeast Area Representative
“In the first instance you see we have several parcels of land for a Miss Diana Rosado. Our investigation shows that that is the daughter of the minister. She has property in Orange Walk, Mountain Pine Ridge and in Corozal. You have Mister Zamir Vega, the nephew of the minister, who has land in San Pedro Town. He purchased it for two thousand dollars. Mister Omir Vega who has at least here three properties in San Estevan Village, in Burden Canal and in Mount Pleasant in Cayo and you have the different prices for which he purchased it for. You have Miss Leticia Vega, who we believe is his niece-in-law; who has two thirty acre parcels in the village of Trinidad and purchased each for three thousand nine hundred dollars. You have Miss Karen Vega who purchased thirteenth point five eight acres for two thousand two hundred six dollars and seventy-eight cents. There is another property there for Miss Vega. You have Eduardo Vega, who we believe is the brother to the minister, who purchased a lot for a thousand dollars. and if you notice we have a lot of properties here under Ignacio Vega: twenty-five acres in Indian Hill for four thousand seven hundred and change; point two six acres in Progresso for eight hundred dollars; a lot in Orange Walk registration section for eight hundred dollars; another lot in Orange Walk for three hundred; one hundred nineteen point seven four acres in the Carmelita registration section for eleven thousand six hundred seventy four dollars; a lot in San Pedro for two thousand dollars; again in the Colonia San Diego Area for one thousand five hundred. You know Mister Nestor Hernandez, who we think he is the deputy commissioner of lands in the Ministry and a nephew of the Minister; where he has thirty acres in San Estevan for two thousand nine hundred eighty-three dollars and fifty cents; five acres in Progresso registration section for one thousand seven dollars ninety-five cents; a lot for three thousand two hundred thirteen dollars again in San Estevan that is twenty-four point seven two acres; land in the Xiabe Village in the Corozal District, point two-five-five acres for eight hundred dollars; in San Estevan again, ninety-four acres for nine thousand one hundred sixty-five dollars; in San Pedro a lot for two thousand five hundred dollars.”