By Gilroy Usher, Sr.
Superman, the anointed selfish Crown prince, is now seeking national office in the Port. He has admitted that shortly before the 2015 general election he sold out the people of Albert by accepting a cash bribe to end his candidacy for higher office in the division. In a Facebook comment on the matter Brain “Yellow Man” Lord said. “Nobody care bout that. That tha noh Belize.” Is that really true?
Bribery – the act of giving or receiving something of value in exchange for some kind of influence or action in return that the recipient would otherwise not offer. A bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. – Wikipedia
In deciding on any governing matter it is the duty of every Member of Parliament or person seeking such office to put the interest of the people and country first, even if they are offered big money to do otherwise.
Bribery is one of the worst forms of corruption. It is one of the main reasons why thousands of persons in Belize and others countries continue to live in a cycle of poverty. With this graft the interest of the people is sold out daily by a number of unscrupulous ministers and their cronies for a few dollars .
One of the reasons the government doesn’t collect millions of dollars in revenue annually from certain business is because crooked politicians accept cash bribes to prevent tax examiners from auditing their books properly. The country also loses millions of dollars in bribes when unscrupulous ministers ensure that bloated contracts for roads, large buildings, and supplies among other things are approved.
Those millions of dollars that are lost every fiscal year due to the acceptance of bribes by persons whom the people entrusted with power at the municipal or national level, are funds that belong to the people. Those are monies that could have been used to address the terrible crime situation and other major social problems that continue to plague and undermine the development of our society on a daily basis.
Due to its severe toll on the development of a nation, the penalty of accepting a bribe in most countries is very stiff with approved legislation and total loss of public confidence. For instance, in the UK if an individual is found guilty of a bribery offence, they will be imprisoned for up to 12 months and fined up to 5,000 pounds. Someone found guilty on indictment, however, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
The penalty is even worst for politicians in the UK and other democratic countries except Belize in recent years. Once any politician acknowledges that he accepted a bribe or is convicted of a bribery offence apart from heavy fines and prison time his political career over, finished from the leader of the country down. Guatemala’s ex-president Otto Perez in currently serving time in prison for corruption.
Bribery is one of the fastest growing vices in Belize. The government of the day only pays lip service to the fight against that political cancer. This administration has a record of protecting corrupt Ministers and their cronies who have become wealthy from the proceeds of massive corruption including bribery.
When a whistle blower explained to the media how a Minister gave him a few dollars every month to funnel over $200,000.00 to him monthly as a fake contractor for government houses, the administration did absolutely nothing to bring the guilty parties to justice. And when it was discovered recently that a number of Ministers and other high government officials were offering persons bribes to facilitate their illegal sale of thousands of Belizean passports not a single one of the guilty persons was penalized for their outrageous and unlawful doings.
Why is Superman being treated differently for his know bribery offence? Is it because King Boots has anointed Superman as his Crown Prince? Corruption is one of the main reasons why the last PUP government was voted out of office. This administration has proven itself to be the mother of corruption in Belize. How have they gotten many of our people to accept and worship corrupt politicians like Clear the Land, Superman, and Vega among others when those persons, only think of themselves? What kind of example are we setting for the youths of this country with honesty and integrity? How can we even think of replacing corrupt King Boots with his anointed one, Crown Prince Superman, who is even more corrupt?
It’s this UDP administration’s sanction of bribery and other forms of corruption in government that embolden Yellow Man to make his outrageous and frightening comment above on Facebook.
The Crown prince’s sellout of his candidacy in Albert for a cash bribe is proof that he can be easily manipulated once the money is right and cannot be relied on to stand up for the interest of Belizeans anywhere once his asking price is met.
A leopard never changes its spots.