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Jun 9, 2011

Should government nationalize the Belize Electricity Limited?

Wednesday night’s question to viewers was whether Government should provide Chetumal Street squatters with crown land elsewhere. Sixty-four percent voted no and many commented that the evicted persons are immigrants and should not be given a shortcut while Belizeans have to go through the proper procedures. Another view is that “Squatters should not be given crown land; doing so will only encourage others to squat as well.” The remaining thirty-six percent voted yes; they believe that the squatters were treated inhumanely and deserve to be provided with alternative accommodations. Tonight the question is on another burning issue: Should government nationalize the Belize Electricity Limited?

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4 Responses for “Should government nationalize the Belize Electricity Limited?”

  1. Storm says:

    Electricity is a necessity of modern life. If Belize doesn’t want to fall literally into the Dark Ages, I think it must be either government-owned or CLOSELY regulated and monitored — it goes to national security, and is in the nature of a public trust. BEL has proved it cannot be trusted with money.

    For now, the government should do a complete and thorough audit, and “follow the money.” It’s gone somewhere!

  2. indy says:

    Government should not interfer with BEL’s mismanagement. We are paying and government is paying and they are making money. Why don’t they take money out of their pockets to pay their bills like ordinary people and business do. If GOB pays their bills its a loan and with interest.
    As far as the squatters goes. They should not be given a 1st class service they should be in line like most people do but they should be given the option of owning land. Squatters o not squatters they are humans above all and more importantly if they belizeans. Min. Boots have not right to call on the issue of whether they are Belizeans or not. His job is to provide to humans beings and to use all the resources necessary to achieve it.

  3. Steve Neal says:

    I think that the government should focus on proper governance now more than acquiring more responsibility- It is not doing a good job with those it has now so we should not expect any better with acquiring another multi-million dollar debt. Common sense- hfuel price high, price of everything will go up. Government should focus on reducing the fuel cost and hence reduce operating cost of ALL companies in Belize. Taking over BEL will not change anything.

  4. Eugene Cooper says:

    While Government has not come to grip with reality and try to maintain a promise to “reduce the cost of living, no matter what” the businesses and industries that have not failed are suffering. BEL is in crisis because our economy is in crisis. BEL ‘s poor financial standing is not as a result of mismanagement. It’s fair to say that the company has been running smoothly for many years much like the Belize Sugar Industry and the Citrus Industry.
    We have seen increase in fuel prices, increase in butane prices and increase in water rates but no increase in electricity rate. If Government and PUC were even handed BEL might not be in the situation they are in.

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