What would you say if your boss offered the staff a very useful and thoughtful gift and, next thing you know, a fellow business house has been giving these away as freebies and marketing giveaways?
Yesterday May 29, 2019, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin was photographed donating several sets of outdoor exercise equipment to the Mayors of Belmopan, San Pedro, San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Punta Gorda Towns. The equipment specific for Belize City was handed over to Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber for placement at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The total value of the equipment is approximately US$22,000. Wow!! Supposedly, the municipalities of Corozal Town, Benque Viejo del Carmen Town and Dangriga Town had already received exercise equipment via the Republic of Taiwan.
The story behind this façade, as Mayor Wagner of Belize City had no problem in recalling, is that the Mayor’s Association of Belize signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ministry of Health last October 3, 2018 at the steps leading to the National Assembly guaranteeing the receipt of the equipment.
The most damning part of this is that the Belize City equipment is not being given to Mayor Wagner but it is being issued to DPM Faber of the Marion Jones Stadium. Mayor Wagner had signed on behalf of the city and had planned to place this equipment in a park on the south side of the city. In the picture seen on all media, the good UDP personas are sharing credit but without the Mayors who were major players in the agreement. Mayor Wagner sees this as disrespect. It can also be seen as deceitful.
Message: The UDP cannot be trusted even with the honor of the agreement. What can be trusted is that the equipment was bought with good money.