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Nov 1, 2019

Julius Takes on Joshua Perdomo Debt Write-off

The uproar surrounding a debt write-off for monies owed to government by Joshua Perdomo is an obvious reason why there is a need for the Public Accounts Committee.  Despite having been sidestepped in the past to avoid scrutiny, Chairman Espat says that in the interest of transparency, the matter should have been brought before PAC.  While there are curious bits of information contained in the report as it pertains to public spending, the lack of feedback from committee members who requested that the document be compiled by the chairman is seen as disrespectful and dismissive of the system that has been put in place to ensure accountability.


Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee

“In the modern world or the mature democracies, they understand that these things are important.  We want to play hide and seek, we want to still do all ah fu we deals under the table with no lights on and nobody know.  Well, ah wahn give you wahn clear example, if the public did not pressure the Government of Belize and the Cabinet Secretary, forty thousand dollars would not have been paid back.  It is because the people of Belize through the media got a hold of the problem and decided that they were not happy with it and through various angles decided to pressure the government and in the end the end result was that they paid back the money.  And then the prime minister is saying well he noh got the legal right and it just shows that they are not interested.  But the people’s pressure is what I believe is important, so transparency is important for people to understand that anybody vying for leadership have to be able to show that they are good custodians of the public purse. I think it’s totally disrespectful for the system for what oversight is about and the Belizean people.  Remember, we mentioned the amount of things that these people that are vying for leadership have gone through and are being accused of and in their mind they have gotten away with it.  They don’t care what the Belizean people think.  They don’t care what you and I believe of them.  They don’t care that they are sitting on a committee that is supposed to be doing good.  They totally ignore it, dismiss it and it means absolutely nothing to them and it’s backed up by their prime minister.  Every time he goes to the house he finds a way to justify the wrongs that they do and turn it into right.”

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