By BBN Staff: For consecutive mornings now, a water truck can be seen wetting the full length of the street in front of the private home of Cecil Garbutt, Officer in Charge of the Ministry of Works, Cayo District. Residents in the area report that this activity has been going on throughout the dry season and that at times, the truck wets the street twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
This is despite the fact that residents in the wider San Ignacio/Santa Elena, and across Belize for that matter, have to deal with very dusty dirt and powdery whitemarl roads that prevail during the dry season. In these areas, little or no effort is made by the Ministry of Works to constantly wet the streets, or at least to wet on occasions. Garbutt, however, is afforded this special privilege.
Earlier this week, a photo of the water truck wetting the street immediately in front of the unpainted cement fenced property of Garbutt, was shared with BBN. The image leaves one wondering: Who is paying the bill for the daily wetting of this stretch of road? And if the Government of Belize is paying this bill, then is MOW top brass Garbutt a normal Belizean? And finally why are other dusty roads in San Ignacio and Santa Elena not getting equal treatment as the street in front of Garbutt’s home?