Tonight, there is another story of possible corruption and it’s worth over four hundred thousand dollars, involving the National Sports Council. A report from the Auditor General for the period April 2015 to March 2016 has indicated some key findings in its audit including the lack of transparency and accountability. According to the Auditor General, the National Sports Council for that period went against the approved budget, the funds from advertising were not properly accounted for; there has been no documentation to indicate whether monies allotted for training were used for such; there are several questionable cash transactions and the management and the disbursement of PetroCaribe Summer Camp funds did not comply with the requirements. The report went on to indicate that there were discrepancies in transactions done between the council and Go Enterprises Limited and finally that there are suspected fraudulent activities at a value of just over four hundred and ten thousand dollars. Love News asked the Prime Minister on this report which was brought to his attention in the latter part of October 2019.
Rt.Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “I can tell you is that it’s being laid on the table on Friday so that and one into Julian Cho both will be laid so it will then become public and you can ask all the questions on that.”
Reporter: But in a case like this where the Auditor General is questioning certain transactions and where there is over $400,000 that they can’t account for what do you do in a situation like that ?
Rt.Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “I would think you use the Auditor General’s findings and you turn those over to the police.”
Reporter: Is that your intention?
Rt.Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Absolutely.”
Tomorrow, we will have more on the Auditor General’s report on the National Sports Council as well as the report on the Julian Cho Technical High School in Toledo.