Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 1:37 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a statement condemning the UDP for ‘corruption’ and ‘misfeasance’ regarding the Hilltop land that was leased to the Public Service Union (PSU) and now sold to another buyer.
“ The admission by Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle that the Belmopan City Council sold the Hilltop Property that was leased to and is the Headquarters of the Public Services Union (PSU) to a Simplex Design Co. Ltd., owned by one Xin Ni for a gross undervalue, is a clear case of misfeasance in public office. The sale of the property, valued at more than $750,000 for $400,000 reeks of UDP corruption,” the PUP said in the release.
The PUP is demanding a full investigation into what they are calling, “a clearly illegal and repugnant transaction.”
The PUP is calling on the Mayor and Councilors of the Belmopan City Council to explain to the residents of Belmopan and the Belizean people, why public property was sold to a Corozal businessman so quickly, in secret, and at an obscenely low price.
“Who is Xin Ni of 38 Santa Rita Layout, Corozal Town and what is his connection to Mayor Belisle and the UDP? Why was he given such special treatment that he can acquire and purchase prime property in Belmopan so quickly? Since the property was valued at $750,000, why did the Council not put the property on the open market to fetch the fair market value, which the Mayor admitted was valued at more than $750,000?”
“This is the ultimate UDP sweetheart deal,” the PUP states.
The PUP ends their release by demanding the immediate cancellation of the sale and the return of the property to the PSU.