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BNTU blasts GOB for pulling funding from Senate Special Select Committee

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 3:25 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) issued a bold statement today to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, registering its contempt with a correspondence sent by him to the Senate Special Select Committee.

In that correspondence, according to the BNTU, PM Barrow indicated that the government would no longer be able to continue funding the work of the committee beyond November 2017.

In that letter dated August 3, 2017, the PM claimed that GOB’s inability was caused by the institution of the Integrity Commission and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The BNTU, through its “Stand Up for Belize” campaign last year, was able to force the government to ensure the institution of that Senate Special Select Committee to investigate the Auditor General’s Special Audit on Immigration.

According to the BNTU, “We are yet to see work and results coming out of ANY of the two aforementioned entities and therefore the BNTU sees this as yet another effort to hoodwink the BNTU in particular and the Belizean people in general.”

“The BNTU cannot fathom our Prime Minister’s inability to see the tremendous importance of the work being carried out by this Committee. Even today we continue to be bombarded by the revelation of an almost continuous stream of scandals and schemes coming out of our government departments,” the statement continued.

According to the BNTU, there can be no shortcuts to uncovering the truth. As a result it has indicated that, “it will not sit idly by and allow this process to be derailed before it comes to its natural conclusion.”

The BNTU announced that its strike remains on hold only as it continues to monitor the work of highly essential check and balance organs. The BNTU maintains that all must be investigated and revealed.

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