Estevan Perera was seen on TV last night Wednesday June 5 doing his best to disguise the ‘hotbed if corruption’ as only a bevy of common mistakes. Belizeans need to pardon them since everybody does make mistakes(a little sarcasm). After a couple years of waiting, the matter of the ‘Haulover’ land is in court. Andre Vega, son of the ex-deputy Prime Minister and technically still Area Representative of Orange Walk North division, famously and successfully bought land for some $2,500. This property that had belonged to another party was deemed prime land adjacent to the soon to be replaced Haulover Bridge. Yes, Vega bought this land for said paltry amount even though the land registry had it for someone else. A mistake? He, Vega, was then compensated $400,000 for this mistake since the land was suddenly needed by government. The real owner got nothing except distress.
Mr. Vega, Belizeans are asking you to return the $400,000. Belizeans do not care for your sorry mistakes and platitudes. Belizeans do not even care that you will not get jail time. Normal citizens need that money for daily food, sound education, family farms, roads to somewhere, personal lots, entrepreneurial jobs and health care.
It is a pity that the learned attorney could not discuss the facts yesterday since the matter was live and under litigation. The PM definitely will appreciate that gesture of legal compliance with an ongoing case.
On this side, Belizeans will appreciate that once the case is resolved that the lawyer hauls over to the side and allow Mr. Vega to explain to the nation why he is not a swindler and how the Land Registry process of searches continually yields no results, or pending or double results.
Belizeans do remember a real estate expert processing 50plus land transactions in one fell swoop. That expertise is “not normal” but it doesn’t make $400,000 dollars a fair exchange. Who could this expert be? We should go to Carmelita to find out.
Please allow for a sidenote: Pitts! Gial you no good. Where is your $400,000? Belizeans need it for… My apologies if you have returned it when no one was looking.