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Apr 15, 2021

P.S.U. Comments on Recent Land Compensation Judgment

Dean Flowers

First Vice President of the Public Service Union, Dean Flowers, also gave a comment on the recent land compensation judgment that was afforded to a company owned by Olivia Villanueva. In that judgment, the government has been ordered to pay Ivorr Realty approximately five point six million dollars for a one-hundred and two-acre parcel of Turneffe Island Range, which the company paid a little over twenty-seven thousand dollars for back in 2008, also under a previous P.U.P. government. Flowers ties this ruling to the Auditor General’s failure to audit the “hotbed of corruption,” now known to be the Lands Department.

 

Dean Flowers, 1st Vice President, Public Service Union

“There should be riots in the street. People should be out here demanding justice. I keep saying that we are going through a period of economic injustices. It is not only the public officers that are suffering, but the entire Belizean society is suffering from it. I think what we say from this judgement is the reason why this country is in four billion dollars in debt. Imagine if the auditor general had executed timely audits of the lands Department; imagine what that five point six million dollars would be looking like today.”


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