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Jun 3, 2022

PSU President Disheartened by PM’s Intervention

On Thursday, P.S.U. President, Dean Flowers, lambasted the government for decisions it has made which he contends do not have the support of his union. Well Flowers wasn’t quite finished. He also chided the Prime Minister for his intervention a few weeks ago when he assisted a botanical importer in getting her plants into Belize. This was after a Forestry officer had refused to allow them entry on grounds that a few of the plants were flagged for possibly breaching international plant health or risk standards. P.M. Briceño explained that his decision to help the importer was to prevent losses in investments on the plants that had met all requirements. The P.S.U. president sees it differently, and on Thursday he spoke his mind on the matter.

 

Dean Flowers

Dean Flowers, President, P.S.U. President

“It’s unfortunate that one individual who clearly is favoured by the administration would cause that an entire policy and a set of procedures to be changed, amended for one. We want to implement policies and procedures so that everybody can benefit rather than one person, noh.

You have private sector and private citizens who believe they can do what they want and when that starts to occur, other Belizeans who are following the rule suffer, and then that breeds corruption. Extremely disappointed to hear the Minister of the Public Service trying to justify the involvement of the Prime Minister in that matter. Furthermore, I am appalled to hear the chairman from BAHA now saying that – now letting us know that – the process has changed, in that Forestry now has been kicked out of the room, practically. So, if BAHA doesn’t send anything to Forestry then, Forestry remains non-existent. It’s only on paper that they’re responsible for CITES. How is it then that Forestry can know if there isn’t corruption breeding in BAHA, whereby people are bringing in CITES plants? This opens the door for further corruption.”

 


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