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Apr 10, 2013

Wil Maheia says rosewood amnesty is invitation to criminals

Wil Maheia

But while government is ominously silent on the rosewood issue, public outrage has been fast and furious and very loud. This morning on the airwaves, Belizeans called the decision to return the illegally harvested rosewood shameful and disgraceful.  Today, News Five spoke to Toledo activist Wil Maheia, who has been involved in the fight to stop illegal logging of rosewood in Toledo. He told us that the so-called amnesty is an invitation to criminals, and is blatant and outrageous corruption.


Wil Maheia, Toledo Activist

“When I first saw that, I was so shocked because after all that the minister had done—going on record and saying that there is a moratorium and this and that they would put a stop to this—I was just in awe of what was taking place. I am glad that Belizean people are waking up when they see things like this. This is what we need to do, we need to bring it to light so that the government could get the sense that Belizeans can’t be taken lightly anymore. I was just shocked that something like this would happen in the nation’s capital, less than a half mile from where the house meets. So I was shocked at that and I hope that…what was even more embarrassing to me is that it was done when the minister was out of the country. I think that is an insult to the minister for these under doings to take place when she is out of the country. I expect that when she gets back, she would at least inform the Belizean public exactly what took place.”


Mike Rudon

“But speculation is you know what, all these people who illegal logged this rosewood will be able to just come in take their rosewood and sell it. Is that your take on this thing?”


Wil Maheia

Wil Maheia

“Exactly; that’s my take on it. And what is that saying for criminals in this country? It is okay to commit a crime because the government will somehow come in and bail you out. You can get away with committing crime in this country; in fact, the only way to do business in this country is to commit a crime it seems like. From what I understand, it is the same people that is responsible for the illegal harvesting for this rosewood are now the same people taking it out from the forestry compound in Belmopan. So what is it saying? It is saying that you are basically endorsing the act of criminals. I know that the people of the Toledo district are disappointed because the ones who came and gave us information so that we could go out and stop the illegal, unsustainable harvesting of this rosewood. So now when they find out that the same people involved in the criminal activity of illegal harvesting are the ones who are reaping the benefits, how does that make them feel as Belizeans? I think that the communities of the Toledo district are owed an apology.”

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4 Responses for “Wil Maheia says rosewood amnesty is invitation to criminals”

  1. beachman says:

    File criminal charges!

  2. Bear says:

    Outraged civilians, maybe led or organized like the Territorial Volunteers, should put up checkpoints on every road into and out of the Jewel, and check for illegal activity. It’s being done by civilian posses in many Mexican states today, because their government is corrupted as much as ours.

    It’s our country, and our constitution gives us the right to arrest and enforce the laws. If the Attorney General and DPP and courts won’t enforce the law, we can have people’s courts do it.

    What we have now in Belmopan is simply a kleptocracy — a government of thieves. It’s our nation, and it’s our DUTY to overturn the bad order and install a new, honest one so our children have a future.

    We should all look at the US Declaration of Independence, because it succinctly states a philosophy of political freedom and democracy. Here are some relevant highlights that pertain to our crisis today:

    “All men are created; they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.”

    “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT.”

    When a long list of abuses makes the government despotic to the people, “it is their right, IT IS THEIR DUTY to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

    In short, our rights come from GOD, not GOB. GOB governs only because of our consent. When its misconduct destroys that consent, GOB loses its legitimacy to rule. Then it is our RIGHT and DUTY to throw off the evil regime and start new and smarter.

    Is there one word here that is not true??

    I’d like every officer and soldier in BDF to consider these things, because a time may come when they have to choose to defend the kleptocrats or the people.

  3. Nation of Izscam says:

    The elected government sold out the country.

    Their next move, bow to the new Guatemalan maps.

    recall petition before it is too late.

  4. Rod says:

    This ya whole gov the thief from the pm down we as citizens need to arrest all corrupt gov. Officials and put them in jail then vote in a new pm and gov. Because this gov and pm tha nothing but thief thief thief lock them all up.

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