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Oct 2, 2013

The elusive former Minister of State, Elvin Penner meets with the P.M.

Elvin Penne

Since he was booted from Cabinet for his involvement in the recent passport scandal in which a South Korean was issued with a Belize passport while in jail on September ninth, former Minister of State Elvin Penner, has not been seen in public, and except for an email, he has made no comment to the press. But this afternoon, Penner was driven to the office of the Prime Minister at Whitfield Tower in Belize City to meet with PM Dean Barrow. In light of his recent termination from cabinet, as junior Minister of Immigration, Penner has not yet received his salary for the month of September and as we reported on Tuesday, Penner’s demotion will see a reduction of two thousand, six hundred and thirty-three dollars in his monthly income, notwithstanding expense allowances and other stipends but he gets to keep his government vehicle and other perks. Penner arrived at about two-forty this afternoon, and dashed away about an hour later.  He was whisked off by the P.M.’s driver to avoid the media and made no comment, except to say that he will continue to serve his constituents. But the real reason, we suspect for the meeting, was to discuss the issue of a recall that the opposition announced today, it will be triggered if Penner does not resign by next week. It is a most delicate situation for the government because it only has a razor thin majority of three in the House of Representatives.  Moments after meeting Penner, P.M. Barrow emerged and fielded questions about the ongoing scandal.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“He hasn’t been paid for the month and of course while he’s no longer a minister of state he is still a member of the National Assembly.  I had to call the clerk, I haven’t been able to find my financial secretary who is in Belize City attending meetings, but we dealt particularly with those sorts of housekeeping matters.  How he would be paid now in view of his new status.  As well, since there is, as I understand it, talk by the opposition of trying to trigger the recall mechanism, that absolutely lovely device that the UDP inserted in the constitution, I wanted to find out from him what his position was and he was quite open in telling me that he continues to serve his people, that indeed only his constituents can tell him if it is time to go as a member of the house.  And that was basically the extent of it.”

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6 Responses for “The elusive former Minister of State, Elvin Penner meets with the P.M.”

  1. beano staunches gas says:

    Elvin it has been too long, the cabinet misses you.

    We got a problem. This KIM passport stink will blow away, just like all the other UDP criminal misdeeds. Remember the HEZBOLLAH passport, we made it go away. ROSEWOOD, poof, up in flames. SIF, almost finished. The fix is in, be patient. all those kickbacks will keep you in gravy for years. After a while people forget, and you will be back to cabinet with a new car that you pick.

    But Elvin, there is one thing you must not do. You can’t rat us out, we can’t protect you from that.
    What happens in cabinet, stays in cabinet. nothing said as to how we plan.

    My driver will take you home now honorable Elvin Penner.
    stay strong.
    Tell the family Uncle Beano will protect them.

  2. Love says:

    The PM driver was there to ensure Penner don’t answer any question from the media, cause the man done incriminate himself!

  3. Jeez! says:

    And where is the United Nations when they are REALLY needed? This is a crime against international law. NOW is the time that we need the UN experts to advise the Belizean people
    on the way forward in sending this criminal politician Penner to jail and set the example for
    the future.

  4. melvin says:

    STUPID CORRUPT,he should resign -for wat do u want an area rep like him,he has failed the people of Belize,he is corrupt as dean barrow ,well all of us knows that and it cannot be hidden.RE-CALL Him and make the people of that constituency decide the best.and lets move forward with a new representative that will really serve his people,penner says he will continue to serve his people,i thing he has failed to do just that,and should resign immediatley. he served his own benefit only.

  5. A seh well says:

    Wow beano staunches gas. Elvin needs to take the bribe from the pup and let this recall mechanism can get on the way!!!

  6. Beano Staunches Gas is right says:

    He is right. This will blow over in a matter of weeks. He will ‘resign’ but Im sure he will pop up in some other ministry doing something else. All of the politicians that are disgraced are recycled into other parts of the government. Its sad but these are the crooks Belizeans voted in. Either PUP or UDP these things will happen and they will be swept under the rug. At the rate Belize is going people are going to be ashamed to tell people where they come from.

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