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Nov 8, 2012

Chamber pleads for committee to address Auditor General’s Report

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives is Cayo South Area Rep, Julius Espat. Espat recently wrote to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, to inform members of the committee of a scheduled meeting on Monday, November twelfth. To achieve quorum, a majority of members must be present, and the majority of the committee are members of the United Democratic Party. The main item to be tabled at the meeting is the Auditor General’s Report which listed numerous instances of alleged misappropriation of funds, and mismanagement in government offices. In her report, Auditor General, Dorothy Ann Smith-Bradley said QUOTE “further delay in addressing these issues could lend to continuous and blatant mismanagement of government’s funds and resources.” unquote. The Chamber of Commerce has also written to the Prime Minister regarding the urgency of the meeting. Chamber President, Kay Menzies, pointed out that the Public Accounts Committee is the main stakeholder of the Auditor General, and the Auditor General is currently isolated from that stakeholder that would ensure accountability of public funds. Menzies urged the Prime Minister to have the ruling party’s four representatives Patrick Faber, John Saldivar, Michael Finnegan and Erwin Contreras attend the committee meeting. News Five has received confirmation that the meeting will go as scheduled this coming Monday.

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2 Responses for “Chamber pleads for committee to address Auditor General’s Report”

  1. Rod says:

    Thief thief thief they should all be put in jail any minister who. Has or still is stealing the countries money’s should be exposed and put in jail. The first ones should be the ones selling passports why is their no one in jail for committing treason why is no one being investigated this really makes my head spin here you have custom people selling passports openly and no one is in jail people this is treason treason someone needs to be in jail no one has even been charged this tells me that the gov. Is refusing to investigate anyone for fear they themselves could get dragged into this crime but we the people need to demand action wake up belizeans they are selling the country they are selling your future and the untrue of your children .

  2. Storm says:

    Why can’t a civic group, like the Chamber of Commerce itself, get together to hold a “public hearing” on these and other important matters?

    We can’t just let UDP or any party stifle public information by staying away to deny a quorum to an official meeting!

    Within the last week or two I read about a “citizens grand jury” somewhere in the States that held public hearings to expose some government fraud or another. I was less interested in the issue than the process they used. They had some qualified and professional people to organize the hearing, and invited all the people involved to come and give statements and ask questions, then prepared a report and published it.

    True, such a public hearing would lack subpoena power, but it has moral power. Sometimes that is more important.

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