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Aug 3, 2012

Land Grab in the West by Min. Rene Montero? Deputy P.M. responds

Collet Montejo

On Thursday night you heard Minister of Natural Resources, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vegas’ also responded to why he gave his relatives, including two brothers, his daughter, a sister-in-law and a cousin, dozens of parcels of land. In case you missed it, Vega said he and his family aren’t “normal people”. He said he didn’t see anything wrong with giving his relatives prime land. On Wednesday, Senator Collet Montejo made allegations against Minister Rene Montero, whose family it is claimed, has also acquired prime land in San Pedro and Mountain Pine Ridge. Vega says he had no knowledge of it but is willing to assume responsibility, if needs be. Here’s what Montejo said and Vega’s response.

 

Collet Montejo, Senator

“Alejandro Montero; a direct family member, a direct brother, has four acres on North Ambergris. Miguel Montero has ten acres on North Ambergris. Again; four acres on San Pedro Town, North of San Pedro Ambergris for Alejandro Montero. Another brother, Samuel Montero, four acres on San Pedro Town. Eight acres, Rolando Montero—brother—North Ambergris Caye. Rene Montero himself, ten acres North of Ambergris; Jaime Montero, five acres North of Ambergris and there is more and more. We then have Rolando Montero again, five acres in the Mountain Pine Ridge and it’s interesting because there is acreage in the Mountain Pine Ridge. When I speak to this one, it is because it is very dear to us. In the previous P.U.P. Administration, the Mayans of San Antonio fought long and hard to have the Elijio Panti National Park reserved for future generations. Quite a bit of this land in the last U.D.P. Administration was removed from the reserved and part of this that Orlando got was land that was for the Mayan people of San Antonio.”

 

Gaspar Vega

Reporter

“What about the allegations against the lands that have been allocated for Rene Montero? Part of the Elijio Panti Reserve being de-reserved to allocate lands.”

 

Jules Vasquez, 7 News

“Block E one-three-six-zero-one Mountain Pine Ridge.”

 

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources

“Like I say that I would have to look into. I would deny if I did it Jules like I clearly came out and told you I gave my brother that one hundred plus acres, I gave my sister in law sixty-five acres and if that is the case with Montero I will assume responsibility. But I have to look into it.”

 

As it pertains to land, this is certainly not the last land grab you will hear of.

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13 Responses for “Land Grab in the West by Min. Rene Montero? Deputy P.M. responds”

  1. Rod says:

    Damm thief get out these people need to go to jail I mean the man is telling us belizeans that his family is better than ours well I can tell you my family no thief like you and yours when the normal belizeans can’t even get a little piece of land for a house lot these ministers are stealing hundreds of acres of prime land and the pm is aiding and abetting these ministers in stealing makes me wonder how much this pm has stolen from the hard working people of this great nation people no one should pay I cent in taxes until these thieves are put in jail no pay no taxes till they are in jail.

  2. Storm says:

    No place to run, no place to hide, you’ve been exposed Gapi, and it’s time to resign.

  3. BMNJ says:

    There should be a law in place that whenever lands are given out or sold ridiculously cheap by ministers or other government officials, it must be declared and made known to the Belizean public. Otherwise, take back the land.

  4. beliezean says:

    you get it Rod, he get better family then we
    what a man this Gov need to gooo @$,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. ny says:

    Bzeans should be really angry w/ what this guy did, giving his relatives prime parcels of land. This is clearly a white collar crime and he should resign and then charged.

  6. ang says:

    Even if them resign that done gone.

  7. ME says:

    WHAT I CANT TAKE IS THESE PEOPLE RUN DOWN TO THE NOMO NOMO, DI PUP OFFICIALS THAT WERE IN POWER AS IF THEY WERE ALL CRIMINALS. THEY POSING LIKE IF THEY ARE ALL IMMACULATE AND ERROR FREE, AN HONEST BUNCH, LIKE THEY ARE SO RIGHTEOUS. WHAT VEGA DID, “MORATORIUM” ON ALL LAND APPLICATIONS. ALL LAND APPLICATIONS WERE ILLEGAL. HE CANCELLED OUT A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE’S LAND APPLICATION EVEN THOUGH THEY PAID SOME MONIES TOWARD GETTING THEIR LAND. !NOW THIS! WAS HE SCRUTINIZING CHOICE LAND TO GIVE AWAY TO HIS PEOPLE WHY HE PLACED A MORATORIUM ON LAND APPLICATIONS? VEGA, U DID A NUMBA TO DI PUP’S BREDDA, COYE ONE OF YOUR VICTIMS. IF U LIVE EENA GLASS HOUSE NO THROW STONES BREDDA. WEN U SPIT EENA DI SKY E FALL BACK PAN U FACE BREDDA. ALL FOWL HAVE E SUNDAY BREDDA. WEH U SOW U REAP BREDDA.

  8. Elston says:

    This is nothing new. My village chairman was selling and giving away land way back in the 60s. Everyone use to joke about it. This is nothing new

  9. javier says:

    When i try to explain to a PUP the corruption in the PUP their first response is look at what the UDP is doing. The UDP response the same way about the PUP when i say it to them. I really pitty those who cant see beyon party. To be honest i blame them for the mess our country is in. They have the battered wife syndrome. After both political parties beat your @$$ to the ground through out the five years, at election time they tell you they love u and give u a dollar and you gladly run back into there arms. The only way change will happend in our country is for our people becomes independently minded. i hope its soon.

  10. Young Gial says:

    This man has the gal to talk about how his family is not normal… Ofcourse they noh normal, they theif, what normal about that? The rest of us that are normal, apply for it and noh get nothing. What he think, they more hard working than the rest of Belizeans? We got Belizeans that work for more years than his family and still noh own nothing. Belize, you better stand up to bullies like this man, enough is enough. This is more than insulting, he telling us without shame how he just give weh the Belizean assest to his family as it that is normal. Vega, we call that theif, but that noh new to you and your abnormal family huh?

  11. raul guevara says:

    corruption! please minister resign.

  12. Eduardo says:

    WHAT A SHAME TO THE UDP.. AND FOR THE MINISTER OF LANDS TO SIGN A LAND DOCUMENT IN HIS OFFICE IT TAKES FOREVER. AND FOR HIS ROYAL FAMILY IT TAKE MINUTE.

  13. mar says:

    both parties are full of thief’s…. as simple as that …. There will be no other George Price again .. never ever….. bunch of BICHOS!! eating and eating , can’t get enough…

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