By BBN Staff: The Belize PEACE Movement (BPM) issued a statement extending its support to the PSU in its demand for a full investigation on the fire sale of the People’s Assets sold below fair market value.
“We point both the current and past administration to the November 2010 landmark ruling of the CCJ in the case of Government of Belize versus Florencio Marin Sr. and Joe Coye for the sale of 59 parcels of land in Coye’s former constituency, Caribbean Shores,” the BPM said.
The BPM further asserted that the CCJ affirmed that: “….the Attorney General is competent to bring this action in the tort of misfeasance………to recover compensation for the loss sustained as a consequence of their alleged misfeasance in public office.”
The BPM noted that President de la Bastide had said upon taking the case in October 2010 that: “All Parties and indeed the whole of Belize will benefit from having a final and authoritative ruling on the issue which this case raises.”
Furthermore, the BPM demands that all government assets (inclusive of vehicles, equipment, and land) disposed of over the past 10 years be investigated, and if corruption is found, the suspect transaction should be prosecuted.
“This PUP administration cannot cry corruption foul on the last administration then become complicit by inaction when given the mandate to correct the corruption on the people’s behalf. We remind our elected leaders that they are custodians of the people’s assets and therefore cannot dispose of the People’s assets at prices that are below fair market value,” the BPM added.
In addition, they urge that all future disposal of assets be done in a fair and transparent manner.
The Belize PEACE Movement says that it will remain vigilant on such corrupt acts to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.