Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020. 9:55 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Following Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s press conference addressing the allegations that government officials received payments as a part of a fraud scheme in the United States, the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) has called on the Government of Belize to take measures to ensure good governance.
The BPM called on the PM to instruct the Integrity Commission to publicly disclose the past twelve (12) years of declarations submitted by elected officials in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA).
The group said that with the repeated scandals surrounding ministers of the Barrow administration, the declarations have become necessary to prove to the public that those vested with the responsibility of upholding the constitution and laws are complying.
“Given that the Barrow Administration is keen on exploiting intricate nuances involving the law, rest assured, we shall submit an official request to the requisite authorities, citing the Freedom of Information Act,” the group added.
The BPM also demanded that Senator Aldo Salazar hand over the outstanding Senate Special Select Committee report within 30 days. The group stressed that ministers of government are obligated by the Constitution to conduct themselves in such a way as to allow their integrity to be called into question or to endanger or diminish the respect for, or confidence in the integrity of the government. The BPM believes that the current ministers have not held themselves to that standard and has pledged to do everything within its power to ensure that those who benefit from corrupt practices are held accountable.
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