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Sep 1, 2016

Who Will Chair Joint Special Committee? 2 Senators Excluded

Dean Barrow

The composition of the Joint Special Select Committee also came into question during this afternoon’s press conference.  Among the concerns raised is the fact that the combined task force will be made up of a majority of representatives from the Barrow administration. While the working group will be chaired by a senator from among the social partners, PM Barrow today casually eliminated two would-be delegates.  In short order, he excluded the possibility of Pastor Ashley Rocke leading the investigation.  Similarly, he ruled out Senator Mark Lizarraga who represents the business community.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“All three of the social partners on the Joint Select Committee, two opposition so that together they will make five and six from the Government side. The motion that we will put, I will suggest to cabinet, ought to have it so that the chair of the committee come from among the social partners. Obviously if you Mister Questioner have anything to do with it, that chair could never be Senator Rocke and we would never agree to Senator Lizarraga…so I think Miss Elena Smith better get prepared to step up.”


The press conference had just concluded when BCCI sent out a release in support of business senator Mark Lizarraga, who had just been thrown under the bus by the Prime Minister. The release says that for any avoidance of doubt, it stands behind the Senator, who voted in line with their instructions to support the motion for a Senate Inquiry into the Immigration Audit.  It is during a meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday that the PM suggested that a bi-cameral Joint Special Select Committee be appointed in lieu of the Public Accounts Committee to review the Auditor General’s Report.  But even though the Chamber agreed to such mechanism, the position going into the Senate meeting was to support the motion for a Senate Inquiry.  The BCCI says it left the meeting with the belief that the public would be notified today of the outcome of the meeting. The BCCI therefore considers it improper for Senator Godwin Hulse to intimate to the business senator any discussion conveyed to him by the Prime Minister as he is not an executive member and lacks the authority to instruct Lizarraga.

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1 Response for “Who Will Chair Joint Special Committee? 2 Senators Excluded”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    We know that the Fix is in. But the U.S. was not listening on Edmund Castro’s conversation for entertainment value. You will make a mockery of the Belizean Jurisdiction for the one zillion time. However, there is more than an even chance that the Americans will get at least of of you. Whoever that is will plea bargain and this the minute details of this scandalous mess will come back to bite you.

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