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Dec 5, 2019

Gaspar Vega Absent from House Sitting Yet Again!

There was a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday and absent for the umpteenth time was U.D.P. Area Representative for Orange Walk North Gaspar Vega.  Vega has been M.I.A. from House sittings for a considerable amount of times after resigning from Cabinet.  His resignation came after evidence surfaced that as the then Minister of Natural Resources, he had allowed payment of four hundred thousand dollars to his son, Andre, for privately owned land comprising two-point-two acres near mile five on the Philip Goldson Highway, as compensation.  The government successfully sued Andre but the matter is under appeal and the money has not been paid back.  Vega’s last recorded appearance in the National Assembly building was on June thirtieth, 2017. Since then, he has yet to emerge to address and the concerns of his electorate even though we understand that he is making a comeback in the political scene.  The issue was brought up by Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat.

 

Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

“The Honorable Gaspar Vega has not come to this house for years. Madam Speaker it is not one year. It is not two years. I think it goes beyond that. Madam Speaker he is still being paid. There have been no repressions. Madam Speaker he is a public servant. We serve the people. Maybe I have not read the Standing Order properly, maybe none of us understand the Standing Orders properly but maybe you can enlighten us Madam Speaker as to why this gentleman is still collecting his salary when he is disrespecting you, he is disrespecting all of us in this House and he disrespecting the people of Belize being an elected representative. And I promised the Prime Minister, maybe this is the last house meeting of the year, I am not sure, but I am not trying to come across as always opposing the issue but I believe that we should stand up for what is right and what is wrong. Madam Speaker I can guarantee you that if any one of us on this side misses the amount of times that that gentleman has missed coming to this House we will definitely be not paid and there would definitely be repercussion Madam Speaker.”


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