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Opposition seeks sacking of Government for unlawful spending and corruption

Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020. 10:42 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Opposition’s motion of no confidence in the Government, to be presented by its leader John Briceño, makes reference to “expenditure of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund without the approval of this House,” for which “the Government is unable and unwilling to cure the unlawful spending or procure any required constitutional amendment.”

Additionally, it states that “the withdrawal and spending of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund without lawful authority continues unabated to the detriment of the people of Belize and contrary to good governance, transparency and accountability in public finances.”

It then turns its attention to the “serious allegations” made against members of the Government side of the House which it says has “endangered and diminished respect for and confidence in the integrity of the United Democratic Party Government,” before noting that the Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into at least one such instance of bribery and misconduct by one of these members.

But it claims that there is no confidence that there is any intention of pursuing such investigations to the detriment of the chances of the U.D.P. winning Government and without such investigations, an inability to govern properly while there is economic recession, high crime and unemployment, and other ills caused by the current administration, and concludes, “Now, therefore, be it resolved that this Honorable House has no confidence in the Government of Belize led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow to continue to manage the affairs of the State of Belize in the interest of the people of Belize.”

As the motion is private (i.e., non-government) business, it must be debated after any government business and after the formal introduction of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill and others. We will have an update when it is debated. If it is successful the House would immediately adjourn and the Prime Minister would be obliged to call general elections right away.

 

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