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Jul 15, 2020

Opposition Senators Reject Appointment of Arzu-Torres

Michel Chebat

Coming down hard with criticisms against the government was the Opposition Senators.  One of the roles of the commission is to guard against illicit enrichment by public officials. Besides calling for a fully resourced office, the P.U.P. is calling for a chairman who has the courage to investigate any member of the government. 

 

Michel Chebat, Lead P.U.P. Senator

“It is important to underscore that whoever we appoint to this position must be a person of courage. This Commission has very wide powers, Mister President. This Commissioner under law can investigate offences or perceive offences against this act without the assistance of the police. They have the power to summons witnesses. They have the power to even appoint special investigators if the need may be. Especially now when throughout this country the allegations of corruption are so rampant this persons Mister President plays an important role in holding firm, in making sure that they do all they can do to prevent corruption in public life. And so Mister President it is not just to appoint for the sake of appoint because this law and these regulations are only as the good as the person who is willing to stand up and to force them, Mister President. And so in this appointment that is the type of person we are looking for, a person who is independent of political influence and a person of courage.”

 

Isabel Bennett

Isabel Bennett, P.U.P. Senator

“Even though there is a vision, even though there is projection in the budget, a simple thing like an official email does not exist. I am thinking the importance of this meeting simply means that there needs to be official structure in communication. So anybody out there who wants to communicate with the Integrity Commission for Belize would know that there is an official  medium to be able to communicate with whoever they need to in that office. A simple example: intergritybze@yahoo.com. I found that to be very informal. I found that to be so disrespectful for that office as a matter of fact. In you are saying you have projections them the simplest of foundations should have been laid. Integritycommissionbze@gmail.com, I think that is pathetic. It is pathetic to represent that office.”

 

Louis Zabaneh

Dr. Louis Zabaneh, P.U.P. Senator

“I believe the public might not be aware and I hope that it is not a secret that the secretariats office is in one room right here in this building. If I am point geographically correct it is right behind this wall. It is a tiny room and it has been grossly understaffed and it has been so for so long. I think as we look attracting the best people there who in the case committee itself are volunteers and then in the case of the staff we would want to provide with the necessary wherewithal to be able to do their job properly.”


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