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Mar 5, 2020

“I would have been ashamed to show my face…” – Johnny B on Gapi Vega

John Briceño

The issue of the one point five billion dollars in government expenditure that has been deemed to be illegal by the Supreme Court is also a sticking point for the People’s United Party.  John Briceño also commented on the surprise appearance of Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega, who has been absent from House Meetings longer than we have been able to keep record.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We took out a legal case against the Prime Minister/Minister of Finance and he was found guilty of being a serial violator of the constitution and the Finance and Audit Reform Act.  He was found to have spent illegally approximately one point five billion dollars.  Almost every year he gives supplementary budgets averaging about forty percent of what was approved.  So it’s a joke, it’s a mockery what he’s doing today.  He’s going to present a bogus budget and then afterwards comes and spends money as he wishes and then try to see how he can cover it up, like what he’s going to do right now.  So we felt that it is important that we’re not going to sit down and give any kind of credence to what the Prime Minister as he’s doing right now in the presentation of his bogus budget.”



“Sir, but aren’t those phantom arguments insofar as we know there’s a curiosity in the U.D.P. constitution where the leader, if he is prime minister, remains leader until he demits office as prime minister, number one.  Number two, we know that appropriations, the man behind you, Mr. Musa, as Minister of Finance, passed many supplementary allocations.  It is a norm, a very bad one in the running of governments.”


John Briceño

“Well first of all, I don’t know what kind of phantom argument you’re talking about because the U.D.P. constitution cannot trump the Belizean constitution.  The Belizean constitution is the supreme law of the land.  Let’s start off with that.  Secondly, whether it was done before and it continues to be done today, it was wrong then and it is wrong now.  The prime minister was elected on a platform of transparency and accountability and ending corruption and today we have the most corrupt government and a prime minister that continues to abuse the constitution at will and that has to come to an end.  We cannot to govern the way we have been doing before and that is the point that we are making today.”



“Sir, now you all plan to return for the debate of the no-confidence motion.  We see today in the House, we see an appearance from the Orange Walk North representative, do you think this is attributable to the fact that a no-confidence motion is being tabled?”


John Briceño

“If I were him, I would have been ashamed to show my face in the House when he has been missing House Meeting after House Meeting after House Meeting.  And to add salt to the wound, I notice that now he’s put to the back bench where he belongs and the next seat he is going to take is outside of the House when they call the elections.”

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