Wednesday, May 6th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: It caught many by surprise when at his press conference on Wednesday last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that some $150,000 would be granted from Petrocaribe funds for the building of an ecumenical chapel on the grounds of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).
While the Opposition People’s United Party says it is not against the idea, they do contend that projects such as these should not have been decided on by the Executive, specifically the Prime Minister.
He says the churches, for example, should have submitted such a proposal to an independent Board that would examine and recommend it.
Fonseca went on to dismiss Government’s announced plans to buy back Superbond debt and pay for the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).
He is skeptical, he says, because the Prime Minister knows an election is approaching and he will say almost anything to get re-elected. Fonseca also noted that he has yet to see any concrete plans and even with a buy back of the Superbond other debt exists.
And in one last piece of Petrocaribe-related news, Fonseca declared that the PUP would stick to its guns and not take a cent of the $25,000 Mother’s Day Cheer being offered to their representatives from the program – UDP representatives will get twice that amount. Also he claimed not to be aware of any PUP representative coming forward asking for the monies as the Prime Minister claimed at his press conference.