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Oct 24, 2014

Musa Says G.O.B. Spending of Venezuelan Money is Irresponsible

Said Musa

While we were with the former prime minister, we also broached the issue of the two hundred and twenty-eight million dollar PetroCaribe loan. The Opposition is challenging the management of the PetroCaribe funds by the Barrow administration.  While the prime minister has gone on record on various occasions to talk about the seemingly unending supply of money, there is little accounting for its expenditure.  In fact, there are concerns as to whether the monies have been granted to Belize or simply loaned to the country through the PetroCaribe initiative because the money was never taken for approval to the House until very recently.  Former Prime Minister Said Musa whose government received a sizeable grant from deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that while the money is being spent freely, there is no responsibility in its spending.


Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“It’s very simple, during my time whatever funding we got from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez was grant money and we did account to the people, you’ve seen exactly how the money is being spent.  Indeed, under this administration a government that said they were committed to better governance and accountability there has been absolutely no accountability about the funds that they have been spending.  In fact, all they do is boast on the rostrum about millions and millions that they have to spend, you know.  But the people don’t know what they are spending it on, where the money is going.”

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3 Responses for “Musa Says G.O.B. Spending of Venezuelan Money is Irresponsible”

  1. Stand Up says:

    “Venezuelan money irresponsible?” Oh yeah, blast from the past. Musa took $40 million of Venezuela $ for Belizean housing and dropped it into Ashcrofts account over in UK! Musa, you are done! Get outa politics before you get job at Kolbe Foundation, on the other side of the bars!

  2. Louisville,Ky. says:

    Seriously Said??………Seriously??

    You,Of all people, have something to say about how the Venezuelan money is being spent?
    You truly believe that, that thing with you the last time….. “mi blow over like wah lee breeze”, noh?

    You could deh right deh di think seh Belize Kruffy figet.

  3. Kaila Moralez PUP Marshall says:

    First of all, Hon. Said Musa was taken to court during the present era under UDP government. Second of all, dean oliver barrow is an excellent lawyer by profession but a horrible prime minister dangerous political figure. Why don’t Belizean people love to READ AND RESEARCH THE FACTS? Kindly read the COURT JUDGEMENT, so you can take your head from under the ground where it has been burried. If Hon. Said Musa committed any theft then dean barrow is a competent lawyer to prove theft the reason he could not prove theft by Hon. Said Musa is because there was no theft. dean barrow just wanted a scandal in order to garner votes. Now what goes around comes back around karma is out to get dean barrow for all his lies that he spread to deceive the Belizean people and we the PUPs will be able to PROVE OUR CASE.

    75.  In  the first place,  as  regards  Mr.  Barrow’s  and  Ms.  Wallace’s 
    statements,  I  am satisfied that  a  careful  read through  these 
    statements do not disclose or lead  to any reasonable  conclusion
    that the claimant or Mr. Fonseca (who was with the claimant at the
    audience  with the Prime  Minister) committed  the offence  of  theft.  At  the highest, these statements  were  only  recounting what  Mr.  Barrow said the claimant and Mr. Fonseca said to him concerning
    the Venezuelan grant to Belize of US $20 million dollars; and how  US $10 million of this sum was used to pay off the Government of  Belize’s  guarantee  of Universal Health  Services  (UHS) loan  with 
    the Belize  Bank;  and  the  other US $10  million dollars would  be  used  for housing and  the Marion Jones  Sporting Complex:  and 
    how,  according to  the claimant’s  understanding,  the Venezuelan
    authorities gave their blessing to this and that only US $10 million  would be publicly declared.  Mr. Barrow also stated that he queried 
    this because the same Venezuelan authorities who had let the new  Belize Government know of the full amount of the Venezuelan grant  as to US $20 million dollars were asking for proof that it had been 
    spent on housing. 
    Ms.  Wallace’s  statement  essentially  confirmed the audience  and 
    stated, among other things, that the claimant told the Prime Minister
    (Mr.  Barrow) what  had  taken  place and  that  primarily,  he,  (the
    claimant),  wanted  the  Prime  Minister to  know that  the US $10  million dollars did not go into anyone’s pocket and he explained that  he (the  claimant) had  made  a  decision that the money  would  be
    used  to pay  off  the  UHS’  debt  with  the Belize  Bank  which  the Government had guaranteed.38 
    Both Mr. Barrow and Ms. Wallace stated in their statements that the
    claimant  said that he  would make a radio/television statement  on
    the issue to the nation. 
    76.  It would, in my view, be reading far too much in these statements to
    find that they amounted to a confession or admission of the offence 
    of theft by the claimant or Mr. Fonseca, as the learned Director of  Public  Prosecutions  urged.  It  would,  with  respect, take  an
    overwrought imagination to come to this conclusion. 
    77.  The claimant did in fact make a public broadcast on the evening of 
    the day of the audience with the Prime Minister (I have mentioned 
    this at para. 14 of this judgment – more on it in the context of these  proceedings later before me.
    78.  After a  careful  read through  Mr.  Barrow’s  and  Ms.  Wallace’s 
    statements I am satisfied that they could not lead to any reasonable  opinion that they  contained  sufficient  evidence  to  commit  the
    claimant for trial for theft

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