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Dec 6, 2022

Saldivar’s U.S. Designation Brings in to Sharp Focus Campaign Financing

Belmopan Area Representative Oscar Mira has chimed in on the John Saldivar saga and the U.S. designation of the former government minister. As we reported last week, the United Democratic Party decided that Saldivar is not eligible to run as a candidate for the Belmopan constituency. In fact, a special committee ruled that it’s best for him to step away from electoral politics.  The ban against Saldivar and his entire family from entering the United States was made in mid-November by way of a statement from U.S. Department of State which says that Saldivar and his family are ineligible for a visa to enter the U.S. for an indefinite period due to the former U.D.P. minister’s “involvement in significant corruption.” Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Oscar Mira says that the situation is sad for the U.D.P. and Saldivar.

 

Oscar Mira

Oscar Mira, Area Representative, Belmopan

“It’s sad what is happening in the Untied Democratic Party. I think that for us to have a good democracy in Belize, we need to have a viable opposition. And at this point in time, the opposition is nowhere to be found. With the Saldivar designation, it is his doing. You cannot blame anybody else but yourself. And I think it is for us, all politicians to learn and to ensure that whatever happened to him or whatever he did that we are above reproach. We put ourselves to the electorate, they have that confidence in us and we should be honest enough to ensure that we represent them well – represent them with honesty, represent them with integrity. It is not an easy job – we all acknowledge that it is not easy – and it is not cheap. It is a very expensive job that we put ourselves to. But as we put ourselves in serve of our people, we must do so with integrity. The United States designation in my belief is something that they’ve done not because they have hearsay evidence, but I am sure that they know why and they have the evidence to make such a proclamation. It doesn’t happen often so I am sure that they know what they are doing. We cannot use dirty money and believe that if we put it on a good cause that it is okay and it becomes now good money. No. Money laundering is money laundering and it doesn’t matter if you put it to good use. And we as politicians, we need to understand that. We need to make sure that we know where our finances are coming from and that it is not tied to any corruption and it is not tied to any illegal activity. We can do our own background checks; that is not difficult to do, but what we shouldn’t do is that we should not get beyond ourselves, thinking as politicians that we will be there forever. It is indeed a serious thing and as a government I think it is time that we start looking at ways in how or put laws in place to ensure that wherever we get our contributions from that it is declared that making sure that politicians are held accountable.”


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