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Jan 21, 2022

The Case against Smart and G.O.B.’s Microsoft Contract

A lawsuit brought against the Briceño administration by U.D.P. Senator Mike Peyrefitte was heard before the Supreme Court this morning. It has to do with a contract that was awarded to Smart for the provision of Microsoft services to the Government of Belize. Earlier today, Peyrefitte commented on the matter, and how he intends to proceed with the case, even if he is removed as senator amid the latest Faber fiasco.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

“If I am removed then certainly I will continue the case and the Belizean people have to understand that the prime minister cannot just break the law and move on.  In an interview a couple nights ago, the prime minister basically indicated, yes, we broke the law but da noh my fault, da di public servants dehn fault and he totally threw the financial secretary under the bus. Well that is unacceptable, the buck stops with the Ministry of Finance and the Minister of Finance, like he use to like to say when he was the Leader of the Opposition. And so, he is responsible for making sure that the contract reached the Contractor General. We are hoping that the judge will quash this contract and send a clear message that the government cannot break the law. Behind door number one, you have to admit that you broke the law and you purposely did not send the contract to Contractor General and a company that is associated with your family go the contract.  You have to admit that, one and so there is a clear bias.  If you don’t want to go through that door, the second door is this, you don’t know.  So the Minister of Finance is saying that he doesn’t know what’s going on in his ministry? How ih noh wahn know? If haftu know.”


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