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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020. 6:40 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In the end, only five publicly announced names for chief executive officers of the various Ministries of Government have been confirmed and approved to be advised for appointment by Governor-General Sir Colville Young by Prime Minister John Briceño.

The issue, which had been confirmed for discussion at the first regular session of Cabinet on Tuesday, was omitted from the Cabinet brief released around 5 p.m. this evening but the full list has just been released.

Narda Garcia is CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister; she has been communications director for the People’s United Party and previously enjoyed high rank at the Social Security Board, not to mention being a long-time loyalist of Briceño.

Another such loyalist, Amalia Mai, moves from CEO of Great Belize Productions (Channel 5) to CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she had previously been Ambassador to Cuba.

Former Minister Servulo Baeza becomes CEO to Jose Mai at Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, but a different Mendez – Dr. Deysi Mendez and not Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez – is CEO for Health and Wellness.

Victor Espat is no relation to his boss Julius Espat at Infrastructure Development and Housing, but they are familiar from his days as campaign manager for the PUP.

Attorney Kevin Arthurs was selected to manage the portfolio of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries; he is a running buddy of Minister Kareem Musa, and former chair of the Human Rights Commission of Belize.

Former party candidate Dr Lesbia Guerra works with Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde at Natural Resources, Petroleum and Mining; Marconi Leal, Jr., son of the Belize Rural North area representative, is CEO for Public Utilities and Logistics; Dian Castillo Maheia manages Education, Culture, Science & Technology; Brigadier General (Ret’d) Dario Tapia, former commander of the Belize Defence Force, steps in at National Defence & Border Security.

Valentino Shal heads up Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour & Local Government; Tanya Santos-Neal leads Human Development, Families & Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Jose Urbina works in Youth, Sports & E-Governance; Nicole Usher Solano is in charge of Tourism & Diaspora Relations; Kennedy Carrillo is to manage The Blue Economy & Civil Aviation and Osbert Martinez Ph.D. will lead Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform.


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