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Jan 14, 2021

Was Former Lands Commissioner Complicit in Corruption at Department?

While speaking about weeding out the department’s corruption, among those who have left is Wilbert Vallejos.  Vallejos was the Lands Commissioner under the U.D.P. administration. Police raided his home in Patchakan, Corozal, found over sixty thousand dollars in various currencies and denominations, and called in the Financial Intelligence Unit. But was the former lands commissioner complicit in the corruption at the department? We asked Minister Cordel Hyde today.

 

Cordel Hyde

Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources

“Some of these things may very well end up in the courts so I have to be careful with what I say. But we made it clear to all the people who were at the lands department from top to the bottom that we are about going in a different direction and that’s gonna mean that we are going to part ways with some people; that’s gonna mean that we are going to bring in some more people who are committed to the things that we are committed to and want to do the things that we want to do. Changing the culture is not going to be easy.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir is there any evidence to suggest that Mister Vallejos was complicit?”

 

Cordel Hyde

“As I said, ultimately things that happen at that department may very well end up in court. In uncovering these stuff it leads to many different places, but as I said, we made it very clear to people from the top to the bottom that we are about going a different direction and ultimately we are going to have to part ways with some of these people and that process has started. In order to go in a different direction you also have to give the perception of going in the right direction and that entails just making changes.”

 

Duane Moody

“But no level of political victimization?”

 

Cordel Hyde

“No mien. I noh practice that mein. Everybody deserves an opportunity to eat; everybody deserves an opportunity to feed their families.”


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