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Oct 6, 2020

Opposition Leader John Briceño Warns U.D.P. Contract Holders

John Briceño

Tonight there is also the issue of last minute government contracts. Opposition Leader John Briceño says that these contracts are being issued left, right and centre even as the current government is winding down. Briceño says that another lucrative contract is proposed for U.D.P.’s favorite contractor Imer Hernandez. The contract is reportedly valued at more than forty million dollars and is for the construction of a new Haulover Bridge. Briceño is also claiming that the government wants to quickly sign a contract for the second part of the Caracol Road construction project with Hernandez.  As for the procurement of the thousands of tablets for school students, Briceño says that the details are hidden. He warns that if the P.U.P. becomes the next government, certain contracts will not stand.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“As it is right now I am told that the government wants to quickly sign the Haulover Bridge contract which is going to be I think forty eight million dollars for Imer Hernandez. They quickly want to sign the second part of the Caracol Road. They want to give charging stations for electric vehicles a contract to a company that is closely affiliated to the Prime Minister’s family. They are pushing all these contracts. We find it next to disgusting that a government would try to that at this very last moment. And I want to alert these people that want to sign this contract, a new PUP government will not, we will not accept these contracts. I am asking the government to wait so when we get in as a new government, whichever government it is, I have confidence that it will be a government of the People’s United Party but that the new government is to sit down and take a look at these things and decide what are the priorities of the next government.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But as the Prime Minister has made clear several times is that these contracts are given by international banks, you have OFID and other international funders. From the explanation from him, from what I got, it is not contracts that the government just simply hands out. You have to follow these rules and protocols. But I would imagine that it is very suspicious that they are doing it now.”


John Briceño

“That is absolute nonsense when the prime Minister tries to throw the blame at these international bodies. These international bodies, they set up what is it that they want but we know that it is being manipulate in the Ministry of Works. They manipulate the process. For instance with the issue of tablets, I don’t think anything has been made public about these tablets from the Ministry of Education. This issue of having contracts where they just limited tendering process, where they just invited two or three when if you open you can get so many other people. It is a scam. It is a scam and they continue to do the scam and we need to put a stop to it now.”

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