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Jan 13, 2021

Senator Courtenay Defends Supplementary Budget

Eamon Courtenay

Responding to Peyrefitte was Senator for Government Business, Eamon Courtenay.  After P.U.P. Senator Christopher Coye explained the expenditures, Courtenay stressed that the Briceño government did not breach the constitution and reminded Peyrefitte that it was the former Chief Justice who ruled that former PM Dean Barrow acted in contravention of the Belize Constitution.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Senator for Government Business 

“The fact of the matter is Madam President that this government proudly stands here and says that we have faithfully complied with the constitutional provisions section one hundred and fourteen, section one hundred and fifteen and section five of the Finance and Audit Reform Act. We are not like the previous administration. The former Chief Justice of this country held in the Supreme Court that over a billion dollars was spent without parliamentary approval which is in violation of the Finance and Audit Reform Act and the constitution. Section one hundred and fourteen three of the constitution provides that no money should be withdrawn from the consolidated revenue fund without parliamentary approval. However section one hundred and fifteen three recognizes that there are circumstances where expenditures will have to be made prior to approval.”


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