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Nov 1, 2013

Barrow and Said take a stroll down memory lane

Dean Barrow

We left you with the sparring between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Well that continued with the excoriation of the former P.U.P. administration. Barrow addressed the 2002 immigration scandal involving erstwhile Minister Maxwell Samuels.  The past prime minister, he says, did nothing to discipline Samuels when it was discovered that he was involved in the sale of passports.  Instead, Samuels was laterally transferred to the Ministry of Communication.  Former prime minister Said Musa, never one to mince words, equally took P.M. Barrow to task on the conduct of his ministers, including allegations made against Minister of State Edmund Castro regarding the sale of visas.


Dean Barrow

“When wrong occurs over here it will be set right and that when wrong occurred over there it was placed on stilts and compounded by cover-ups and rewards. And Mr. Speaker exhibit A in 2002 when the member for Fort George was Prime Minister and the dam broke and the passport scandal inundated the then Minister of Immigration, Max Samuels, instead of firing Samuels…you are telling me about tell Penner to leave the house. I can’t do that the people elected him but what I could do I have done. Compare that to the course of action you took when your then leader, your them Prime Minster, your party, your administration when Max Samuels was involved in the kind of scandals that ultimately saw the US embassy and the state department revoke his visa. Instead of firing the minister, the horribly compromised Prime Minister at the time said and I quote “it is the judgment of the Prime Minister that Minister Samuels should be retained in the cabinet and that the decision I took and I am prepared to answer for that, well you are answering for it today, if you never answered before.”


Said Musa

Said Musa, Area Representative, Fort George

“I will raise another damning piece of evidence that is staring the face of the government and the Prime Minister is doing nothing about it and that is the evidence implicating another minster of state, Edmund Castro, In the sale and facilitation of visas.”


Michael Peyreffite, Speaker of the House

“Member thirty-eight eight, you can speak on a matter of urgent national issue but thirty-eight eight is clear. It is difficult to mention what the leader of the opposition mentioned without mentioning the member of Cayo Northeast. But now you’re going directly into the conduct of a member, whether you like it or not all members are your colleagues and if you want to speak about that you need to bring a motion for that. You need to bring a motion for thirty-eight eight.”


Said Musa

“I am speaking about a matter of national concern in according with rule of this house. At a press conference on October the tenth, the Prime Minister acknowledged that he had heard that there was a visa hustling taking place. What he calls a visa hustling scheme, others have called a quota given to ministers. The Prime Minster has said and I quote “I have heard that ministers, not minster are procuring visas for people. I have said pretty much at every second cabinet if you are doing so for God’s sake stop it, stop it.” This is not me saying so Mr. Speaker this is the Prime Minster. Id there is one thing he said that can and would bring down this government it is hustling in immigration. I will close Mr. Speaker since you want to shut me down. I will close simply by reminding the Prime Minister of what is said to him at the beginning of his tenure. When all was bright and beautiful, when all the promises were made about six percent growth every year and all that I said to him Mr. Speaker and I am sure he hasn’t forgotten, Noh watch me, watch yoself and I will like to in fairness of the Prime Minster repeat him, repeat what he said to his own cabinet, For God Sake man stop it unu stop it.”


In the thick of things, the speaker had to intervene on numerous occasions among House members and in the gallery in an attempt to keep the House under control.

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1 Response for “Barrow and Said take a stroll down memory lane”

  1. never enuf Beano says:

    screw the criminals in PUP.
    Did you think criminals living in glass houses should share the hog trough?

    Actually Deano, why did you not prosecute those criminal acts when you first came in?
    You were elected on a campaign promise to stop government corruption.

    Is that not the leadership job of a PM?
    to protect the nation from enemies, foreign adversaries and domestic criminals, elected or not?
    To investigate, using the power of the government, to seek out and destroy this evil?

    The PUP’s hands are dirty. UDP’s hands are caked in sewage.

    The PUP and UDP both did nothing to get Belize into the United Nation’s treaty to prevent government corruption. Now see the consequence of this failure you both have brought to your country.

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