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Nov 10, 2009

City residents give their take on Brads’ Boledo contract

The news broke on Monday that Cabinet has decided to privatize the nightly Boledo and Sunday lottery. A contract is being awarded to Brads, located at the Farmers Market, a favourite hangout for various government ministers. Government claims that by outsourcing the local lotteries, revenues will be maximized from point nine million dollars to a guaranteed two million dollars annually through an annual fee, a profit sharing arrangement and business tax. The new arrangement comes into effect in April 2010 but before that can happen, there is already plenty debate about the merits of the privatization.

Man #1
“All the locals come out ah Boledo business now and a lot of them come out because dehn noh have the capacity, dehn noh have the bank fi continue wid it. Ss far as I’m concerned, if we get dehn people fi run the Boledo, Brads, as how di government mention dehn wah do it and ih wah bring in dat kinda income weh dehn mention I noh got no problem wid it.”

Man #2
“I noh think it’s anything good at all because there’s been complaints about the PUP privatize different things. How they going and privatize Boledo? That doesn’t make any sense. If you’re complaining about something that is wrong and you do the same thing, then it shows that you are wrong as well.”

Man #3
“Boledo has evolved beyond its management today. I think every Belizean knows that Boledo has evolved. The system is behind. The book has twenty pieces on a sheet and people are buying a hundred pieces of Boledo like nothing, easily. So the system needs to be modernized and from what I heard through the media, Brads will bring the modernization and I’m with it because it will benefit the country in revenue.”

Man #2
“If the people who are taking it will pay them two million, then how much are they getting? It simply means we are losing big time. Why can’t we control this thing?”

Man #1
“Weh kinda money government have fi really tek over di industry, dat dah weh we really have to ask. And government must have enough sense fi know dat if deh could tek over wah industry weh dah wah winning industry weh di mek wah whole lotta money fi help boost up wi economy, ih would be stupid fi know dehn neglect dat.”

Marion Ali
“You don’t think the elimination of the free number incentive that is now offered by the different businesses will discourage people from buying?”

Man #3
“No, I don’t think it will discourage people from buying Boledo. It may slow it down a bit but just for a while because from I’ve been a kid Boledo is basically part of the culture of Belize.”

According to government, the award of the contract was determined by a panel which included the Auditor General, Edmund Zuniga, Senator Godwin Hulse and others.

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