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Oct 1, 2019

Years Later: Where is the Senate Inquiry Report?

Julius Espat

Between 2016 and 2017 the Senate Special Select Committee met for more than forty sessions over the course of thirteen months to carry out its investigation into the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department 2011-2013.  Over the lengthy inquiry, key witnesses including ministers, C.E.O. and other government officials were drilled, numerous discrepancies and what many would describe as “corrupt practices’ within the department came to light. The work of compiling the findings of the committee began, but it has been nearly two years since the inquiry concluded and a report has yet to be produced by the Chair of the Inquiry, Senator Aldo Salazar. Area Representative for Cayo South Julius Espat says that the government is ignoring its responsibility. 


Julius Espat, Area Representative Cayo South

“I think the president has other international concerns that he is dealing with. It is a joke. It is very similar to the PAC. It is a joke. Government does not want to do what is their responsibility to do which is just being fair with the information and they are not doing that. They are making a mockery of democracy. They are making a mockery of the Belizean people and they a mockery of our country in the eyes of the international players. We need to deal with it. We have to deal with it because the Prime Minister will go in the House and express to us all as to why it is right and everybody is looking at him and shaking their heads and know that he is going off on a tangent that nobody believes. I think the Belizean people are fed up with it.”

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