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Jan 11, 2021

PM John Briceño Speaks on the “Boots Situation”

John Briceño

While the current and former deputy prime ministers went up against each other in the House, outside the National Assembly Building, Prime Minister John Briceño spoke about the “Boots situation.”  The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing repossessed a Bitumen Batching Plant on Friday from a property associated with former U.D.P. Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez on the George Price Highway.  The heavy equipment has reportedly been sitting on the property since 2010, and the ministry believes that it was taken unlawfully and for Martinez’s personal gain, which he refutes.  The ministry has written to the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to investigate all possibilities of wrongdoing.  The People’s United Party has been quietly collecting evidence against Martinez, and according to PM John Briceño, that evidence will be handed to the police for an investigation to take place.

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“In all of these matters as I just said in the National Assembly, the only way we can stop this kind of pilfering, stealing, you just pick whatever word to take, the only way we are going to stop this kind of behaviour is by taking criminal action. But it is not for us to decide. What we have been doing quietly is getting the evidence. Once we get the evidence is passing it on for the police and the DP  They are the one who decide we have enough evidence to charge. It is not us the political directorate. We are not going to do like what Dean Barrow did. When he knew that Said Musa and Ralph Fonseca did not steal the twenty million dollars. He knew that because that money went to pay a debt for the government. It is not personal. Yet he went ahead to arrest them just for show. We are not going to do that. We are going to do our investigation quietly and once we have the evidence we are going to pass it on to the police and the D.P.P. and for them to decide whether we have enough evidence or not.”


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