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Jul 13, 2009

Financial controller hopes no one will be charged

Story PictureAnd even if speculation abounds, the Mayor says she is confident that at the end of the investigations, no one will be charged because there will be no shortage. But she would not go as far as to say that Prime Minister Barrow’s announcement last Friday was premature and assured that they will discontinue the practice of under-depositing.

Zenaida Moya Flowers, Belize City Mayor
“The practice will stop you understand, so that there’s no such confusion or anything of the sort. As much as we, the council, will one day find itself needing to have to do that in terms of expedience, in terms of necessity, we will just have to use what we have. We’re doing our best to try and improve the financial situation of the council, everybody knows that alright and we hope that we can continue to ensure that the council’s financial position is improved. It’s very unfortunate; it’s something unfortunate. I think that it’s something that could have been prevented. I believe it was unnecessary. As I told you Mr. Davis, we knew we had until Wednesday, this coming Wednesday—two days from now to present those documents. Had he been given the chance to present these documents, I believe that we would not be sitting here in a press conference and I would be in my office or wherever dealing with other very important matters. I do not touch money. At this council, I sit in my office and to a large extent, I meet with people, I do my duties, I meet with my councillors; anyone of them comes to me and I push the plan of action, the manifesto of this U.D.P. City Council. That is primarily what I do, I do not touch money for the record.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Tillett, spoke to us off-camera in his office at City Hall this evening. He countered Mayor Moya and said that he made the report of the discrepancy because the two weeks had already lapsed and the required documents were not provided to him. He added that the Council’s explanation was not valid. But in any event, Tillett did acknowledge that he has not yet gone through the second batch of financial documents which sits on his desk. But when we asked him if he thought going to the police was not premature his response was “because of that it forced them to move faster right?”. Tillett was referring to his receipt of the second batch of documents. And when we told Tillett point blank that the Mayor was confident that there was nothing to substantiate any wrongdoing at City Hall, his response was “I’m hoping that she is right and that no one will be charged”.

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