Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021. 9:49 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Today, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the sale of government assets Andrew Marshalleck, challenged Belizeans to take a look at themselves and realize that corrupt politicians are a reflection of a corrupt electorate.
When asked a question about the culture of corruption being observed as the inquiry sessions continue with respect to successive administrations breaking laws in deals to turn a profit, Marshalleck said that many people who condemn corruption, later perpetuate corruption by calling a minister or public officer with a request to abuse the powers of their position to bring them some form of benefit.
“None of those public officers, none of those politicians were dropped to us by any alien spaceship. They’re Belizeans, raised by Belizean mothers and fathers, schooled in Belizean schools, attended Belizean churches. They’re a reflection of us, and until we realize that and undertake the changes, then there’s little point to complain about it,” Marshalleck said.
He went on to say that addressing corruption, given its cultural integration is a process that will take time and effort.
“The truth of the matter is…if you decide to put an end to corruption you don’t just say it and all of a sudden magically the next day all corruption evaporates. And if that’s what Belizean society expects, they themselves have a shock to get, because that’s not what happens. you’re not going to elect a new government and then all of a sudden all of the problems you had the day before elections are solved, they’re still there.”
He said that he trusts that the current administration is on the right path to addressing corruption at some level through the COI, but that Belize has a long way to go and much more reflection to do before corruption is addressed at the source.
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