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Apr 2, 2013

Senator speaks on corruption in government

Mark Lizarraga

Senator representing the private sector Mark Lizarraga has been a very vocal proponent for a change in the way things are done in government to allow for greater adherence to those much-used political buzzwords – transparency and accountability. In Thursday’s newscast, Lizarraga spoke about the government’s new brainchild; the special purpose vehicle called BIL, and mirrored concerns by several organizations, including the unions, the opposition and the Chamber of Commerce. And, he also took time to talk about corruption, and serious ways in which it can be addressed given the political will. According to the senator, the civil service has, to an extent, been complicit in the corruption found in every administration.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Private Sector

“I think that a lot has been done to plug some leakages in government, but we maintain that a lot more can be done. And we believe until the structure in which things are done are changed, we will continue to have the same results. Let me expound a little bit. The prime minister in his presentation spoke of a demoralized civil service. And he is saying that the civil service almost at one time had to turn a blind eye on state-sponsored plunder of our assets. But we keep saying; if people committed fraud or some wrongdoing, then these people should be charged and the full extent of the law should come down upon these people. If someone aided and abetted in that fraud, then they too should be held responsible for their actions. No minister receives one penny or signs one check on behalf of government; it is the civil service. So if monies were missing or misappropriated or misused or abused, trust me, someone in the civil service knows it and the prime minister has eluded to this. So we are saying you know what, if we can’t take them to court and charge them for the wrongs that they did, then let’s fix it. Let us stop talking about it and let us fix it; that’s what we should be doing as legislatures. So let’s not talk about it anymore; we hear about it a lot. They can continue talking about it as long as they want, but I would like to see besides talk, action. Let’s fix it; let’s stop it so that it can never happen again. Let’s strengthen the civil service so that they are never put into that position again because we have many excellent, many good people in the civil service that it is a career. They go to work every day with pride and we have excellent people in the civil service, but we need to support them; we need to ensure that they are protected as well. So those are the things I would like to see us focus on. I think that the cabinet is an institution of management and good governance should start there. I’ll also mention that we strongly believe that no single minister should have the ability or the authority to dispose of or destroy any of our public assets. No one; no one.”

 

Lizarraga pointed to last year’s report by the Auditor-General, in which she failed to give comment because of a lack of information provided by the ministries, as damning.

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5 Responses for “Senator speaks on corruption in government”

  1. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    IN BELIZE, CORRUPTION IS AS GREAT AS CANCER , ALL ….ALL DEPT ARE CORRUPTED.
    500 PLUS GUATEMALAN DRIVERS HAVE DRIVERS LICENSE, HOW THE HELL THEY GET IT????????
    WHO THE HELL IF SELLING AND GETTING RICH OUT THERE??????????
    WHAT A GREAT MONEY MAKING IDEA THAT IS !!!!

  2. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Do you agree that BIL, GOB’s $60 million infrastructure company, will be used to hustle?

    Yes (85%, 332 Votes)
    No (15%, 60 Votes)
    YES, YES, YES, YES A MILLION BILLION TIMES !!!!
    CORRUPTION AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. O.Walk Observer says:

    Of course the 60 million infrastructure Special Vehicle is going to be used for hustling and awarding bloated contracts to cronies. Who can be so blind as to not notice?? But I say, WHERE IS THE OPPOSITION??? WHERE ARE THE OTHER GROUPS THAT USED TO PROTEST ANY WRONG MOVE OR DEAL OF PREVIOUS GOVN’T?? OR IS 60 MILLION TOO SMALL??
    Why is it that Ministry Of Wrks cannot handle these projects OPENLY TO TENDERS?? The opposition is just idling arround, common mobilize the people; this move is stealing openly, corruption at it’s utmost!!!

  4. Just in Thyme says:

    Thank you Mark Lizarraga, for making a difference. Thank you for caring . Now lets ensure that this does not just sit. LETS FIX IT. !!!!!!!!

  5. Al says:

    Mr Lizarraga, thank you for being a breath of fresh air. I am not sure how you are related to Ms Lizarraga who was a good honest politician, but please let her legacy live. Do what is right for the good of the people and the country. God Bless you.

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