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Feb 12, 2013

Mai on Vega for land deal; Vega on Mai for contraband

Jose Mai

Area representatives did not spend too much time discussing and debating the budget. They instead focused on issues particular to their districts. Jose Mai, P.U.P.’s Orange Walk South Area Representative, read a letter about a land deal—allegedly gone sour—at the hands of Minister of Natural Resources and Deputy P.M. Gaspar Vega. Vega denied any wrong doing and reminded Mai about a recent contraband sting in which he was reportedly involved.


Jose Mai, P.U.P. Orange Walk South Area Representative

“In my hand I have a letter. It is written on the letterhead of the ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. It is dated the twenty-eight of June 2010. And is addressed to one Mister Derek Gillett of Orange Walk. It is signed by one Miss Beverly Castillo, C.E.O. at the time. Mister Speaker, all of us know who Mister Derek Gillett of Orange Walk is; Miser Longanisa Gillett; he makes longanisa. Mister Speaker with your permission I will read this letter—it is a very short letter—and it says here pursuant to the caption matter in which you are involved as interested party, the Ministry of Natural Resources as defendants in the matter offers you the sum one hundred and forty-eight thousand dollars. one hundred and forty-eight thousand dollars to extinguish or withhold all proceedings against the government of Belize and for the return of the parcel seventeen block, Consejo road. Government will then allow the registration of the title to the said parcel of land returned to Mr. Silvio Correa. And it goes on to apologize for inconveniences caused to Mister Derek Gillett. Mister Speaker in context, we have to understand and know here that everybody in Corozal and Orange Walk knows that this land never belong to Mr. Derek Gillett. There was an attempt to take the land from Miser Silvio Correa that had invested over thirty thousand dollars on the land. There was an attempt to take away the land and it ended up in courts and as a result, Mister Speaker, Mr. Derek Gillett was offered one hundred and forty-eight thousand dollars for not investing a dollar on the piece of land. A hundred and forty-eight thousand dollars of tax payers money; not a dollar that man invested in the land. Mister Speaker and then we use terms like irresponsible, outrageous and corruption, Mister Speaker.”


Gaspar Vega

Gaspar Vega, U.D.P. Orange Walk North Area Representative

“That case. I am not going to tell him about contraband beer. Mister Speaker, I will give a complete synopsis. Mister Mike please shut up noh? Mister Speaker, I will give a complete synopsis of what happened with that land. It was just before 2008 under the rush of the P.U.P. corruption, they issued the land. The court was the one that decided that was the land that was intended to be issued to one Mr. Correa, but that was not so because under the rush, Mr. Correa got a title, but with the wrong parcel number in the wrong area and that is how that land was still available because in the computer under the system, it did not show that that land was issued. After it went to court, after it went to court, it was the court that decided that the original intention was for that land, but was never—I had nothing to do with it—it was never issued to Mr. Correa. So that is what occurred there representative of Orange Walk South. And you, you are so disrespectful Mr. Mai. I have never been caught red-handed by no police with a pickup load of beer.”

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10 Responses for “Mai on Vega for land deal; Vega on Mai for contraband”

  1. erectus maximus says:

    but….he (or people working for him) did get caught with a truckload of contraband perfume near Botes. Just don’t read about it on news. wonder why?

  2. Whappy says:

    My fellow belizeans, after watching whats happening in our house of representatives, I can say without a doubt that wit a set of crooks on one side and a set of liars and jokers on the other side, and a puppet for a speaker of the house, we are officially DOOMED as a people.

  3. javier solis says:

    Mai reaped handsomely from the failed soy bean project. He got two brand new tractors free and 100 acres of land in his and his brother’s names. He has a big cane quota so he know that he is not honest to be throwing stones. As to Gapi, i would like to ask Mai, why would he contraband if he can pass it through the border? that sounds stupid!! I tell you, the PUP think only them can hustle, not that its right, but dont make accusations you cannot hide from. No drop you pants !!!!

  4. Bear says:

    No respect between thieves.

  5. bzn_who cares says:

    the way I see this, its just another case of kettle d cuss pat. Immature of Minister Vega to stray from the topic at hand with the land issue and try to throw the attention to contraband. Tell on me and I will tell on you? These guys need to go to jail…. the entire bunch on both sides.

  6. c 19 says:

    Dam belizean criminals-the pup and udp are nothing more that a criminal organization,i will belizean to get online and good to see how many FOREIGN REAL STATE FIRMS are selling land in belize.its corruption big time where politicians who are lawyers and thier law firms benefit taking care of all the lpaper works.

  7. Juniore says:

    Third World…..The Time to revolt is here. Let’s get up, Stand up and throw out these corrupted crimminals, both Red and Blue. Deport them to Guatemala. C’mon Third World, we can do it. Let’s grow cojones and thrown them all out.

  8. Juniore says:

    Third World….the Time to revolt is here. Kick out these crimminals, both Red and Blue. Grow some Cojones, Third World and deport them to Guatemala. C’mon Third World, let’s kick these vile, shameless thiefs out of office.

  9. not again says:

    This is better than watching the mexican tv show. El chavo del 8. We have the whole crew here.

  10. Andres says:

    Wow, maybe Gapi hasnt been caught – but he benefits handsomely from the contraband his brother brings in. When a truckfull load of merchandise comes to the border only 1/2 is declared while the other half is secretly emptied duty & tax free. Come on now, we all know how you and your brother do it Mr. Vega.

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