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Apr 10, 2018

Is Mayor Wagner Being Undermined By Administration?

Bernard Wagner

According to Mayor Wagner, there seem to be forces within his administration that are working against the best interest of the Belize City Council. He questions their tardiness in presenting him with the guidelines for carrying out that form of public assistance due to their political differences.


Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“Going forward we will change the way we operate, obviously.  I was actually given the way how it was done this morning, a bit too late.  And clearly, that is an indicator again of how people are operating, how our staff are operating within the scope of the council where there is this constant grind out type of war and infighting in between trying to work along, trying to work along with people who clearly do not share in your manifesto and do not share in your mandate.  But I respect the fact that we were able to stop it, given the fact that it was brought to our attention that this might not be the way we want to…”


Isani Cayetano

“Is that a mea culpa on your part, and acceptance of responsibility for that error?”


Bernard Wagner

“An acceptance, clearly an acceptance that the fact is that I did not do it in any underhanded way, it was clearly an upfront transaction.  Actually, I have the whole entire process that I would give to the clerk, all the transactions that I did for the day with the individual’s names, their phone numbers, their needs, what they came to see me about and I forwarded that to the finance department.  But clearly that mechanism is not a mechanism that works in the public service, they want you to have the individual sign the voucher and that is understandable.  But no underhand deal, my name and my integrity and my council’s name and my council’s integrity means so much to us.”

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