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Jan 8, 2021

Minister Cordel Hyde Reveals Massive Land Scam

Cordel Hyde

Prime Minister John Briceño chaired his first House meeting today.  A marathon sitting that just concluded less than a half-hour ago.  During these COVID-19 times, the chambers have been retrofitted with plastic cubicles separating the area representatives.  The P.U.P. Government commenced with explosives details about a land hustle in the Department of Lands. When the People’s United Party won the elections, the Lands Department in Belmopan was closed down. In fact, the then legal counsel for the department attorney Llewellyn Usher was removed from the premises by officers.  This is after the Prime Minister ordered the closure of the department as part of an investigation.  Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Cordel Hyde revealed partial details of that investigation and according to Hyde is shows massive land fraud and scam.  Hyde calls out former U.D.P. Minister of Lands Gaspar Vega.

 

Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources

“Madam speaker huge tracks of land have been gobble up by a tiny few. You name the area Mountain Pine Ridge, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia Independence, Hopkins, the coastal road and I can go and one. Huge beautiful valuable tracks of land sold for paltry sum by the Government of Belize. There is very little less to be had by the landless for the land less. Very little left for the children of the landless and the voice less. The schemes were incredible and of course they found their genesis under former minister Gaspar Vega. Thousands of acres in the pristine mountain pine ridge area gone forever just like that, putting in other people names unbeknownst by those people by scheming ministers and complaint public officers. When you match the signatures on the land documents with that of the copes with the social security cards they don’t square. It is a scheme that starts with ministers and their representatives able to get copies of the social security cards of the unsuspecting constituents who have come to applied to their officers for financial assistance. From their these copies of social security cards would form the bed rock of a land application and those needy unsuspecting individuals would be the recipients of massively lucrative chunks of land but they don’t know. The lands are in their names but they don’t k now. The lands are later sold to wealthy individuals but they don’t know. The monies shared presumable shared between the ministers and their cronies. We have a case in Mountain Pine where permission to survey was granted to five individuals to each survey a hundred and fifteen acres of the juiciest fertile land of planet earth. The five persons got the permission to survey in January 2012, one hundred and fifty acres each for a grant total of five hundred and seventy five acres in Mountain Pine Ridge. These five individuals get titles to these lands one year later all on the same day, January eight 2013. They each a measly fifteen thousand thirty nine dollars to the government for a hundred and fifteen acres of Mountain Pine Ridge land, the area in the country where god smile on us the most. Two and half years later, all on the same day in September 2015 these five people Gilda Guerra, Oventino Guerra, Guadalupe Mojica, Hilda Mojia and John Ramirez all transferred ownership with the lands to Belize Roadway Construction Limited for three hundred and twenty five thousand dollars, two hundred and sixty five thousand dollars, three hundred and forty five thousand dollars, two hundred and seventy five thousand dollars, and two hundred and thirty thousand dollars respectively. If you are wondering who Belize Roadway Construction is, they got the contract to resurface portions of the George Price Highway of Belize and the Hummingbird Highway. But another related company of theirs also got nine hundred aces from the then government of Belize in the Coast Area. Eight hundred and ninety seven acres to be precise. Something like that must be illegal because I don’t recall ever coming to the House for approval and as far as I know anything over five hundred acres should get house approval before distribution. Two of these five persons who got these lands are actually Guatemalans while there are many, tens of thousands of Belizeans, who can’t get lands.”


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