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Electricity for Caye Caulker but Opposition asks: what about rest of Belize?

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019. 12:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A motion for a CDB loan to Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) for US$6.84 million to assist in reducing GHG emissions and improve reliability of the supply of electricity to Caye Caulker, with increased capability to meet projected increase in peak demand was presented in the House of Representatives this morning.

And while it has overwhelming support, the Opposition People’s United Party took the opportunity to remind the House that other areas of Belize are still without this vital resource.

Freetown area rep Francis Fonseca brought up Belama Phase 4 in his constituency, which has been without electricity since its formation, and Toledo West area rep Oscar Requeña referred to as many as fifteen villages in his constituency which are likewise without electricity.

Fonseca also referred to losses in profit of $4 million last year at BEL and similar this year as evidence of lacking management, claims rejected by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in reply.

He says former CEO Jeffrey Locke and replacement John Mencias have been doing a good job and have expanded BEL’s reach across the country.

The motion has been approved and goes to the Senate.

 

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