Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018. 6:07 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release this afternoon stating that it condemns the actions of the Government of Belize in dispossessing the Public Service Union (PSU) of a property from ‘right under their nose and in such a back-handed manner.’
The PUP demands that Government immediately returns the property to the PSU.
The party also denounced the sale of the PSU property which is located in the City of Belmopan by RECONDEV and the Belmopan City Council to a private citizen.
“A review of the chronicled events by the PSU shows a total disregard by Belmopan City Council and RECONDEV to honour commitments made from September 19, 2001 when a lease agreement between Belmopan City Council and PSU was signed,” the PUP stated.
The PUP informed that the facility, which is a lease with option to purchase, is for a period of 20 years, signed by Mayor Anthony Chanona and Margret Ventura and was witnessed by Said Musa, the then Prime Minister of Belize.
On November 9, 2018, after the PSU made several unsuccessful attempts to meet and or contact the Mayor and his Council, the PSU decided to check the status of the property at the Ministry of Natural Resources when they were informed that on October 10, 2018, the property was sold to Simplex Design Company Ltd. owned by one Mr. Xin Ni of 38 Santa Rita Layout, Corozal Town, one day after the company was registered.
The PSU, on November 9, 2018, then placed a caution on the property in an effort to prohibit any further transaction regarding this property.
The property was reportedly re-evaluated by the Council at a value of $1 million and sold for $400,000.
“This action by the Belmopan City Council is not the first time that this UDP Council has taken land from a Belizean organization with intent to sell off to private interests,” the PUP explained.
The PUP also reminded Belizeans that last September, the Belmopan City Council attempted to take land from St. Michael Roman Catholic School to sell to Amy Chen in a land deal that was reversed only after public outcry from members of the community.
The PUP says that it stands in solidarity with the PSU and calls on all Unions and Social Partners to condemn the actions of the UDP Government who continuously breach legal contracts and agreements.
“The PUP is not surprised that the hot bed of corruption in the Department of Lands continues uninterrupted. We also remind the nation that all the transgressions done at the Lands Department and publicly denounced by so many, continue unabated and without anyone made to answer,” the release ends by saying.
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