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Nov 3, 2020

P.U.P. Says Anwar Barrow Owns Goodlee Ltd.

Anwar Barrow

The People’s United Party today made shocking revelations on two contracts awarded to persons very close to the government. The first is in reference to Goodlee Limited, an offshore company which is majority shareholder of Brads Gaming Group Limited. That company received a contract for the management of the lottery. In July the Barrow Administration confirmed that a ten-year exclusive contract was being awarded to Brads Gaming Group Limited. The mega contract is valued at half a billion dollars, of which the government only collects two million dollars per year. This award raised alarm because there was no debate in the House. The Opposition went digging for information to find out who is behind Brads.  It was later revealed that Goodlee Limited owned sixty percent of Brads Company.  Goodlee is registered in Saint Lucia and the laws there allow its owners to remain secret, even though the P.U.P. demanded that Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as the Ministry of Finance, release the names of the owners behind Brads and Goodlee, he would not, saying he did not know since he did not sit on the Tendering Committee.  The P.U.P. says it followed the paper trail, and unearthed financial transactions between Goodlee Limited and several companies owned by Gregory Anwar Barrow, the son of the Prime Minister.  For the P.U.P., it all became clear that the Government refused to give up the names behind the offshore company because it would reveal shadowy figures in the dark. One of those figures, according to the P.U.P., is Anwar, who they claim has received millions of dollars and owns Goodlee Limited. Opposition Leader John Briceño explained how the discovery was made.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“A search at the company registry revealed that Brads Gaming is owned by Good Lee Limited with sixty percent ownership and Kim Wai Chi, Mr. Brads the other forty percent. Kim Wai Chi is the well known owner of Brads Store at Farmers Marker, Belize City. A company search revealed that Brads has four directors. Kim Wai Chi, Good Lee limited, Sheffield Limited and Macroy Limited Belize. We checked and found out that Good Lee, Sheffield, and Macroy are not Belizean companies. They are offshore companies registered in Dominica. This means they are ownership is secret and not available to the public. Sheffield was registered on the eighteenth June 2010 and Macroy was registered on the seventeenth June 2010. What does this mean? The owner of Good Lee which is the majority shareholder of Brads Gaming Company is a secret. Three of the directors are companies all of which are protected by the laws of Saint Lucia and Dominica from public disclosure of their owners. Why this secrecy and cover up but the million dollars question remains, who is Goodlee? The government has been asked repeatedly who owns this company that for some strange reason has refused to answer. On twenty-fifth October 2019 when asked by the media Minister Godwin Hulse refused to disclose who owned Goodlee. Belizeans want to know why the secrecy, why the cover and sixteen September 2020, Honourable Julius Espat asked a series of questions to Prime Minister Barrow as to who owns Goodlee. He refused to answer and tried to get the speaker to shut down Honourable Espat. We want to know why? On that every day, when the media asked who owned Brads Gaming Company Prime Minister Barrow say, “how should I know, I was not part of the tenders committee and I am not working at the contractor general office.” Really, Mister Prime Minister? Really? The fact is that Good Lee owned the majority shares in Brads Gaming Company so how could the government have given an exclusive contract to manage the lottery in Belize to a company that was owned by Goodlee but then say it does not say who owns Goodlee?”


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