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Sep 16, 2020

Net Vasquez Should Also Resign from All Other Statutory Boards

B.T.L. Chairman Nestor Vasquez demitted office on Tuesday evening amid allegations that he abused the company’s corporate credit card to defray personal expenses which included shopping sprees at Liverpool’s in Chetumal, Mexico.  While an investigation will be spearheaded by an interim chairman, the Opposition is calling for a transparent commission of inquiry to conduct among other things a forensic audit of Vasquez’s credit card expenses.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Madame Speaker, at a minimum, at a minimum, I think that we, or this country we’re demanding: One: that Mr. Vasquez resigns from all the other committees that he represents the U.D.P. government.  He is the chairman of the Investment Committee for the Social Security Board.  He’s a member of the Central Bank of Belize Board and he’s also a member of the Integrity Commission.  Secondly, two: also that Ms. Audrey Wallace, the Prime Minister’s Chief Executive Officer and who is also the owner of Color Blind, a company that we’re told is doing all the ads for B.T.L. is compromised and she cannot be allowed to lead any investigation into the allegations against the chairman and therefore she must do what is right.  She must remove herself from the inquiry.  Three: that a commission of inquiry must be appointed forthwith to carry out a comprehensive, above-board investigation into the allegations of corruption and abuse at B.T.L.  Four: that the Prime Minister calls for a forensic audit starting way back in 2009 and report its findings to the Belizean people.  Five, Madame Speaker, the Prime Minister has been boasting about all the money that B.T.L. has been making, that maybe he can tell us in this honorable house how much dividends for the past three years has been declared by B.T.L. for the Government of Belize.”


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