The Belize Youth Movement headed by Karim Adle is upset at the revelations that oversight was sent out the window by the UDP leading up to the November 2015 elections. They went public with the Press release where they are “calling for those involved in these scandalous and corrupt acts of enriching themselves at the expense of the people’s taxes, to be dealt with swiftly and with the fullest extent of the law.” Ahead is the rest of the release on these revelations in the Auditor General report on an Audit of the National Sport’s Council for the period April 2016 to March 31, 2016. In summary, some $416,228.25 was tagged to “suspected fraudulent activities.”
The BYM Release
Friday, 17 January 2020
For Immediate Release
FLEECING OUR YOUTH
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM), an organization representing the interest of young persons in Belize, is outraged at the latest scandal involving the fleecing of public funds at the National Sports Council by ex-Ministers and cronies of this corrupt UDP government. In a single year, close to one million dollars was fraudulently siphoned from our young athletes by a few select individuals.
As youths, sports is used as an opportunity to propel us as individuals and as a country. Historically, we have seen our country perform poorly in international sporting events because our athletes are grossly under-funded and little to no importance is placed on the development of our young athletes. The recent strides in sports are thanks to the efforts of key individuals as well as our local sporting organizations. The recent Auditor General’s report revealed that when athletes were supposed to be given approximately
$50 stipend per week when they travelled abroad, individuals such as Ivan Ayuso stole over $400k from them.
The BYM is calling for those involved in these scandalous and corrupt acts of enriching themselves at the expense of the people’s taxes, to be dealt with swiftly and with the fullest extent of the law. The time for chatter has ended; if we are serious about change, we must demand it from those we elect. Finally, we demand that criminal charges be brought upon those whose names have been called in the Auditor General’s report. They must be held accountable.