December 2 Cabinet Briefing – ‘Cabinet decided to launch a full investigation into the “sell-off” of government assets by the previous administration. The inquiry will include representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney General’s Ministry, the Ministry of the Public Service, and representatives from the Public Service Union and the private sector.’
Name the government SUV and the past UDP government sold it to the lowest UDP bidder, all in the last minutes leading up to the General Elections. The internet term ‘viral’ has now been put to greater and appropriate use. The virulent infamy of the UDP is being slowly unearthed and the stench has revealed that the hotbeds were actually cesspools of grand corruption. Belizeans are now experiencing transparency into the UDP Barrow/Faber maladministration. Now, we know a sampling of why the UDP stretched their last failed recession term deep into 2020.
On December 3, Minister Henry Charles Usher met with executive members of Public Service Union (PSU) to discuss their inclusion in the investigation into the illegal “sell off” of the people’s assets by the previous UDP government. The PSU accepted to be a part of the investigation and pledged its support for a good and productive relationship with the new PUP government.
For the UDP, it was never about caring about the “collateral damage” it was always about the “spoils of victory” and maybe along the way “winning elections.” Dean Barrow and Patrick Faber utterances in 2008 post-election to Belize were the only truths. They had NOT done anything with their lives that was worth it. One was a failed lawyer clinging to his partner and the other was a failed teacher who engrained his personal pettiness into Belize’s Education system.
The UDP connived and gave life to infrastructure monsters called Belize Infrastructure Limited headed by Faber and Montero and Imer Hernandez Company Development Limited ceremoniously headed by Imer and really by the UDP. Imer got way more discredit than Arguelles who said tons more in 13 minutes than Imer said in 13 years. Both raked deeply into the backs of the Belizean people. We all remember…this was a John Briceño and PUP promise since no one is above the law and all consequences are on the table including jail time.
Memes galore exposed one of the last of UDP’s infamy as being crooked car dealers.
You remember how Vega connived 400,000 dollars from us Belizeans by buying cheap and selling back expensive. UDPs, during the lameness of the Minister of Finance and with referee Vicente’s fox-like strokes, attended and bought from the invitation-only firesale of Belizean assets—vehicles being the asset of choice. One Prado, a 200plus thousand dollar vehicle, was sold for 12k.
You know the cash desperate now powerless UDPs will make a move to recover their cash(if they did pay) and then make some obscene profit
The new planBelize Cabinet has approved the formation of a task force to deal with this ‘firesale’ as the Public Service Union has requested in an open letter.
Also, the BIL will undergo a forensic audit. From the Civic Centre to the Belize City Hall the Foreign Affairs Building will all be under official review.
December 2 Cabinet Briefing – ‘In accordance with its commitment to full transparency, Cabinet decided to authorize a forensic audit of Belize Infrastructure Limited, including all projects it administered.’
Another move in direct scrutiny of UDP corruption is the opening of the process to add a team around the contractor general. This is truly forward-thinking to remove the power of reviewing contracts from one individual—a contractor general.
PM Briceño and Cabinet are moving forward with getting the right people with the best expertise into the right positions to expedite the making a Belize that works for everyone! On November 11, 2020 todos ganaron, watch it!!
Belmopan. December 2, 2020. 5:15 p.m.
The Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño, met remotely in regular session on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.
- Cabinet decided to launch a full investigation into the “sell-off” of government assets by the previous administration. The inquiry will include representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney General’s Ministry, the Ministry of the Public Service and representatives from the Public Service Union and the private sector.
- In accordance with its commitment to full transparency, Cabinet decided to authorize a forensic audit of Belize Infrastructure Limited, including all projects it administered.
- Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, updated the Cabinet on the current state of the nation’s roads, bridges and culverts and the need for emergency repairs and restoration. In this regard, Cabinet approved additional funding of BZ$9 million for road works especially on the major roads and highways severely impacted by the recent rains and floods.
- The Attorney General, Hon. Magali Marin-Young, presented a proposal to amend the legislation to impose time limits for the delivery of judgments in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The Hon. Attorney General informed Cabinet that she had consulted the President of the Court of Appeal, the Acting Chief Justice and the Belize Bar Association before presenting the proposal. Cabinet decided that the legislation would not come into effect immediately and agreed to approve an increase in the allocation for the Judiciary in next year’s budget.
- Cabinet also discussed important amendments to the Contractor General Act including proposals to introduce an independent Public Contracts Commission to review and approve the award of public contracts and to work along with the Contractor General to investigate any suspicious public contracts.
- The Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness, updated Cabinet on the current effects of the pandemic and measures recently implemented. Minister Chebat informed Cabinet that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture for the use of the laboratory at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority for COVID-19 PCR testing. This will scale up the capacity for PCR testing.
The Minister also indicated that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be doubling the lab staff to decrease the turnaround time for results.
- The Hon. Orlando Habet, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, updated the Cabinet on NEMO’s ongoing assistance as a result of the impact of the rains associated with Hurricanes ETA and IOTA. The Minister informed Cabinet that assistance for food, household appliances and other supplies were being provided to more than 2,800 Belizeans. Cabinet requested the production of an updated map of flood-prone areas by NEMO. This deadline for completion before the start of the 2021 Hurricane Season.