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Aug 2, 2013

Prime Minister defends Vega and Vega’s brother

Gaspar Vega

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has gone out of his way to express his fullest confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Vega’s name keeps coming up whenever there is controversy, scandal or whiffs of corruption in government. Today Barrow defended Vega again, even though the man who benefitted the most from the almost-giveaway of the rosewood is the brother of the Deputy Prime Minister.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“I am prepared to say that it is my understanding that the Deputy Prime Minister’s brother indeed is one of the largest or was one of the largest exporters of rosewood. But again, how will the Deputy Prime Minister be blamed if in fact something went wrong in terms of the value put on a container of rosewood for the purpose of implementing the agreement that cabinet approved. It was cabinet that took the decision; look, instead of burning up the rosewood, instead of having the rosewood there rotting and we don’t want the hassle of doing the paperwork…let us agree that there will be an amnesty. These people can export, but we will take—I don’t remember what the split was—it may well have been fifty-fifty…I don’t remember. Cabinet agreed to that. It was not the Deputy Prime Minister’s ministry that had the obligation of determining what was a fair price for a container of rosewood. It is the ministry of Minister Alamilla. You can’t blame the Deputy Prime Minister for that. Nobody suggests he is involved in the rosewood. And if his brother benefited through nothing that he, the Deputy Prime Minister did; lord man, I think we are going too far. But as I say, I would first want to establish the facts. I hear what you are saying; that there was a great undervalue on the containers of rosewood. I don’t know; I can’t say that that is not so. I really need to find out from Minister Alamilla what happened.”

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3 Responses for “Prime Minister defends Vega and Vega’s brother”

  1. GOB=criminal says:

    YES!!! You have to backup your brothers.
    You need every able thief employed.
    Getting loyal thieves is no easy task, like herding cats or buzzards.

    Now those two bros are solid on the A team; time to get the other brothers solid.
    You know, the drunk wreck of a GOB vehicle off duty; time to forgive and get the Fabers on the front line to receive favors.

  2. Pancho says:

    Amazing how the ostrich burries his head when convenient! This government certainly believes in one thing for sure…….nepotism!

  3. Eye in the Sky says:

    I think Vega has some dirt on the PM because Barrow seems very afraid of Vega.

  4. venus says:

    Oh! These famous words “ I DON’T KNOW” by the PM. Now he is also suffering from amnesia like the dirty cops. ( I don’t remember what the split was—it may well have been fifty-fifty.) Should we believe him when he says he was not aware of the Stephen Buckley situation? Makes me wonder if he even knows there is a Belize.

  5. Citizen says:

    These two men are doing the same thing! Say what you guys want, as long as the $ keep rolling into their families accounts. The word nepotism mean nothing when they swore in to become ministers, and actually sign their names to say no to nepotism.

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