COLA outraged by rosewood fiasco
And the very active COLA, represented by its vocal president Giovanni Brackett, weighed in on the rosewood issue this afternoon as well. He says his organization is outraged, and will do whatever is necessary to call out the government to right what they see as an egregious wrong.
Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA
“There are several questions that comes immediately to mind. First of all, why was this done with the absence of both the Minister of Forestry and also the Chief Executive Officer absence? Secondly, why is it so important for us to do an amnesty at this time? Why was a press release sent out twenty-four hours after Plus TV had ran the footage with a release that is not only late, but a release that is vague? Why? We don’t know the answers to those, but we can tell you right now at COLA that this smells like corruption and it looks like corruption. I leave the rest to your imagination. We are calling on Minister Lisel Alamilla to give an official statement. When the minister burnt up that set of rosewood, at COLA we were upset because we thought that value was there that could have been used for social projects to benefit the poor people of Belize. But now we have to beg to wonder maybe the minister indeed had a vision that we can’t secure these rosewood because the problem is too big; maybe the players in this illicit game is so big that even the government has to bend. Who knows how far these reach? Who knows or understands the level of importance so much that we have to give amnesty? This is completely outrageous how we view it at COLA and we have to call the government out to fully explain itself as it relates to this issue.”
And while COLA, and just about everybody else is looking for an explanation from government, there is nothing. In fact, tonight the location of the rosewood which was picked up on Monday in Belmopan is still unknown. The only trail we could find led to Corozal Customs Broker, Raul Cawich. Cawich has acted as broker for Kambokin Enterprises Limited in the instance of the containers of rosewood which were found and seized by government in early February, and this week one of the owners of the trucking company which transported the rosewood, Wilbert Valencia, told News Five that he had been instructed personally by Cawich to send two of his trucks to Belmopan on Monday to the Forestry compound. So that brings Kambokin right back into the picture, and we’ll have more on the company and its directors in Thursday’s newscast.