Minister of Defense John Saldivar is back in the spotlight and this time for allegedly using Coast Guard vessels to transport his football team, the Belmopan Bandits to their scheduled games. Today the media asked Minister of State for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr. to comment on the matter. Aragon said that he does not know about the issue but did comment on the usage of resources at the security forces.
“Within the Belize Police Department yes it’s a huge department but at the end of the day every commander is responsible. We at the Ministry level will definitely have to look into situations if there is abuse because at the end of the day commanders are responsible for their personnel and they are responsible for all the equipment under their command and the use of human resource and otherwise in terms of fuel, how these vehicles are maintained so definitely under the Belize Police Department and under my watch we will ensure that such abuses do not hamper the Police Department.”
“So it should not have happened?”
“Yes it should not have happened”
It has been reported that the US Embassy has stated its dissatisfaction with the use of the vessels since the allegation is that one of the vessels used was the Boston Whalers, a vessel that was donated by the US Embassy.