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Sep 19, 2013

PM drops a bombshell…Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, is fired

Elvin Penner is no longer a Minister of State in the current administration. That’s because he was required to resign with immediate effect from that post by Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Wednesday evening following a meeting at the P.M.’s office at the Whitfield Tower on Coney Drive, Belize City. Penner was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration and Border Protection in March 2012; his fall from grace has been sudden and has a ring of finality. A release issued by the Government Press office earlier today states that the Prime Minister, “formed the view that, with respect to a situation brought to his attention on Tuesday, Hon. Penner, as Minister of State in the Immigration Ministry, did not discharge his responsibilities with either the due judgment and balance, or the scrupulous regard for appearances, which the Prime Minister demands of all his Ministers.”

So the PM fired him. And with Penner’s persona non grata status made crystal clear, he is then thrown under the bus. To clear up any ambiguity about what Penner did to merit this treatment, the release states, “in a recent development, the Office of the Prime Minister also announces that the Immigration Ministry, together with the Ministry of the Public Service, has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the issue of a Belize passport to a South Korean national.”

News Five managed to reach the PM by text this morning, but he refrained to comment on the matter. The text said, “I have dealt with the matter as I have committed I will always do in these sorts of circumstances. I will say no more at this time since there is an ongoing investigation that involves public officers. I cannot and will not run the risk of prejudicing that investigation by anything I might say. That is a matter for the Public Service Commission and the Immigration Ministry, and is subject to the Public Service Regulations and procedure.”

When asked about Penner’s status as an Area Representative, the PM texted, “I have no jurisdiction there. Only the people of the constituency can decide who goes or who stays.” News Five also reached the disgraced former Minister of State by text. He told us, also via text, that he has no comment at this time. We asked him about his status as Area Representative and he texted back, “I was elected by the people to serve and I will continue to do that to the best of my ability.”

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19 Responses for “PM drops a bombshell…Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, is fired”

  1. Concern says:

    This man was making so much $$$ that his wife said that she can get her hair cut in Belize anymore because she can’t mix with those rif raf people anymore! lol The lady had too much status and showed it! But nothing happen in a vacuum, as there are many staff members living above the salaries they are making and showing it. It seems in that place no one can be honest for long.

  2. Tunku Shnani says:

    When asked about Penner’s status as an Area Representative, the PM texted:

    “I have no jurisdiction there. Only the people of the constituency can decide who goes or who stays.”

    YOU SEE, THIS IS THE THING WITH THIS ****ING MAN. He has three different inter-contradictory justifications for the same situation and he juggles them to a dumbed-down populace depending on how it suits him. HOW COME the “people of the constituency” did not decide that Yolanda Shakron should run in Lake I for the 2012 elections? No, You decided, using your buddy from the supreme court as interference.

    Oh, and Channel 5, the former minister was not “disgraced.” Barrow does not have the moral standing to disgrace anyone.

    Rod come back, we miss you.

  3. The Killer says:

    Only in Belize are government officials reached by text..

  4. erectus maximus says:

    Congratulations Mr. Penner! Now for the PM, when are you going to take the same action on some of your other ministers who are caught almost weekly in these types of scandals? Why only this minister? Seems like a blatant disregard for fairness or are there other undercurrents at play here?

  5. mar says:

    OH MY! the PM means business. does this mean that he will also fire the public officers who do this everyday at the command of people like the Min of Nat Sec?

    Happy Independence Day Belize!!

  6. benque says:

    oh! poor barrow he feels very disappointed by his ministers that he’s is starting to firing them, he was deceived. why would someone do something like that to such a humble person (Mr. Barrow).

    PM why do you keep insisting in taking the belizean people for fools. You know whats going on under your administration and you are responsible for all the corruptions. we hope that this wont happen with the peoples money placed at national bank.

    Today it was penner, PM, You will be NEXT for elections MR. PM.

  7. benque says:

    the only reason why the PM fired penner is because INTERPOL intervened, and he no wah luk bad!, otherwise he would defend his minister saying that such thing never happened.

  8. Citizen says:

    Mr. Interpol can you PLEASE intervene and INVESTIGATE on our behalf, ALL THE REST OF THE MINISTERS, because ITS THE ONLY TIME THE PM SMELL THE STENCH of corruption, so he IS CAN BE FORCED TO SMOKE THEM OUT. lol

  9. Guerra says:

    The PM must be grieving since Penner gave him a sad independence gift, instead of happy independence day. Can you see all those gray hairs on his head because of the headache these scoundrel ministers are giving him? lol… GOSH!!! How sad? What a pity since he is also lacking a sense of smell!

  10. Love says:

    PM the right thing to do is not to only take away from him his Ministerial PERKS. We are still paying him for being the corrupt MINISTER HE HAS BECOME! He need to be kicked out of your UDP party for further disgracing your already disgraced party!

  11. Citizen says:

    Thank God because of Interpol the PM has found a little whiff of the corruption that is now a mountainous stench! What a bad luck for the PM! FIRST THE SIF scandal and now Interpol causes PM TO FORCEFULLY SMELL THE STENCH. As smart as he thinks he is, every body knows that he is trying to make out of these two prevalent corrupt incidences, seem to be like he is THE CHAMPION OF ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION!!! But wait where is our “FIU”???

    Thanks Sir Interpol, please bring along to Belize your friend Senor CIA, Sir Scotland Yard and Don FBI to help give the PM some smelling salt so he can eradicate the stench that is overtaking Belize!

  12. Billy says:

    You remember when the minister’s secretary’s brother was found with Pass port in Cuba, to deliver to the Chinese, the PM said NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH THAT. PM if the mule get $5,000.00 for each pass port delivered, how much are the ones getting, who sent the MULE? If that is not corruption, then we are definitely in deep S**t!

    If anyone don’t know what is called a mule, for clarity, it is the PERSON WHO TAKE THE PASS PORT TO BE DELIVERED TO it’s OWNERS! By the way where is Sanctimonious Hulse in all this?

  13. Abraham says:

    Penner was picked out because he is a white man. Racism in Belize is alive and well. It does not matter that Penner is a born Belizean it only matters that he is white since his parents are Canadians. PM Barrow only wants people who look like cruffy in power.

  14. Love says:

    Lets put all jokes aside! PM should take leave and go some where that nobody know where he is, but in his absence he should ask INTGERPOL TO DO HIS JOB of sorting out the massive whiff of corruption which he is unable to see, smell or hear. The only problem, is that when he want to come back, there will be no government to come back to because all the corrupted ones WILL HAVE BE WIPED OUT.

    Secondly, he won’t be able to come back because NEPOTISM IS CORRUPTION. While most have to work 40 to 50 years to uplift ourselves from poverty, the PM family including son Anwarito became millionaires in just four years, of FATHER being the leader of the corrupt pact. lol

    Lets face it, the PM see no evil, hear no evil, do no evil…lol Liked Gapi said, ” We, MEANING THEY, are not ORDINARY Belizeans!’

  15. Love says:

    “I was elected by the people to serve and I will continue to do that to the best of my ability.” Says Penner. Gosh, this man have been serving himself extremely well, and still expect that we want him to serve us? Sudden one the man realize he was elected to serve the people! Is this guy fu real? PM we d ask you, “DO AN INVESTIGATION ON THIS MAN, to find out how he got so wealthy in just 6 tiny, tiny years, and TEK BACK EVERYTHING!

  16. Billey says:

    Only the people of the constituency can decide who goes or who stays SAYS THE PM! As far as we are concern, the only say WE THE PEOPLE have, is when WE cast OUR ballot to elect these scoundrels. HOW COME the “people of the constituency” did not get to decide that Yolanda Shakron should run in Lake I for the 2012 elections? Lord, We the people so haaad head, we can’t UNDERSTAND these complicated things? lol

  17. Hatari says:

    Will the “Hon.” Penner have to give the $$$$ back? Of course, not!

  18. Guerra says:

    Corruption is corruption! We never elect Penner to go and do corrupt things in office, that is why we pay him GOOD SALARY. BEING WHITE have nothing to do with it, he was just unlucky that INTERPOL intervened, because if we had said the same thing, the PM WOULD HAVE STILL BEEN KEPT AS A MINISTER. Beside, the PM only took away his pickings, as he is still getting his salary. As far as we are concern, the man done get far more money than he would have made in ten years of salary, so lets not start playing games!!! CORRUPTION SHOULD NOT BE CONDONED, NOT NOW, NOT TOMORROW, NOT EVER…

  19. JudgeImNot says:

    So far, besides speculations or assuming that EVERY top rank supervisor should pay for EVERY wrongdoings at EVERY level in his office, we have not seen a single proof that the former Belizean Minister of State for Immigration was directly involved in this case, much less in others that sure happened if the criminal band at the passports office was an organized one with the purpose or forging identities.
    We all have to see clear proofs and demand a full investigation, specially searching for previous cases yet to be known, and their modus operandi.
    Anything else used to jump to conclusions in public media will be false… Or maybe intentionally misleading judgment?

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