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Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017. 4:54 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize is discontinuing funding for the Senate Special Select Committee, leading the inquiry into the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in a letter written on August 3, told the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster to serve notice about the funding coming to an end.

Barrow said that on July 20, Webster had written on behalf of the Special Select Committee requesting $124,202 to cover sittings through to November of 2017; and on the following day, Webster wrote again requesting some $41,350 to pay outstanding bills of the Committee as of July 31, 2017.

GOB will, in fact, provide the two supplementary allocations requested in your letters. But, I hereby serve notice that no further allocations will be approved hereafter,” Barrow said. “GOB is extremely hard-pressed to find extra-budgetary allocations (such as the ones for the Select Committee) to deal with the newly reconstituted Integrity Commission and implementation of UNCAC.”

Several notable Belizeans, including a former president of the Council of Churches, and members of the United Democratic Party, have openly criticized the senate inquiry, claiming that the proceedings are ineffective in addressing the corruption within the Immigration Department.

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