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Oct 8, 2013

Vision Inspired by the People wants Godwin Hulse removed

Bobby Lopez

Multiple entities and organizations today came out swinging at the government of Belize. In regards to the Penner passport scandal, the B.N.T.U. took the first vicious swing via press release, followed by the VIP and the Chamber of Commerce. We’ll show you those releases, but today in Belmopan News Five spoke to Bobby Lopez of the Vision Inspired by the People political party. For Lopez the matter is almost personal, since he says the VIP was formed on a reform platform written by Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse in 2008. He says Hulse should remove himself from the immigration portfolio immediately and turn the investigation over to an independence and impartial body.


Bobby Lopez, V.I.P. Party

“We feel that he should do the right thing and resign from that portfolio. You know, he holds several portfolios and we are saying that that particular portfolio that is under scrutiny; that is under investigation, he needs to pull himself out because he can’t be part of the same investigation because he is there. He is the substantive minister in that ministry. So ultimately, we the people of Belize, the voters, the residents of Belize hold him responsible—not minister Penner; he is responsible. And there are so many unanswered questions so we feel that he needs to absent himself until such time that all of this is clear and then he can come back on board if the prime minister so feels fit. Now we are saying that if he fails to resign then we are calling on the prime minister to do the right thing because this brings into serious question the validity and the integrity of our nationality process and also the integrity of our passport because it is going to be scrutinized. Any time you leave and going into a port of entry anywhere in this world, they are going to be looking at Belizean passports with extra scrutiny to see if it is fake, if you are rightly holding this thing and all of us will have repercussions of such a move. And so to reestablish and gain back that integrity for the Barrow administration and for our passport and nationality, I think the right thing to do is absent himself. And that’s why we are calling on the senate because the senate does have investigative powers; they can initiate this investigation and carry out a thorough transparent audit. And we are calling not just for in the last four months; we are saying twenty-four months. We have this administration in power for eighteen months, nineteen months, but we know what took place before elections. We saw the mass wholesale naturalizations of which Penner was very blatant and even admitted that he was partially paying for the cost of those things. So we feel that if it has happened now that we see that due process was not followed, it brings into question the validity of those naturalizations and nationality which led to being on the voters list and being on Cayo Northeast voters. So all of this has to be brought out open.”


Lopez says that his party is prepared to assist with any recall process.

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2 Responses for “Vision Inspired by the People wants Godwin Hulse removed”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    About time! Barrow needs to go too! It’s going to be a lesson to both the PUP and UDP. We vote for political parties to be honest, not to be cynical crooks! Don’t be afraid, ask Barrow to resign too. He has bullied and intimidated us because we have allowed him to. Like Musa, he needs to go!

  2. Name Witheld says:

    There is where the US Government should come in they talk so much about human trafficking (people paying for your visas, holding your passport, ‘paying for your nationality papers’) who knows maybe some of the people that penner paid for their nationality were here by forced, some Gangster or cartel member may have send them against their will or by thread of harm against their families if they don’t go and support this SUPER CORRUPT UDP GOVERNMENT!!!

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