On Monday the People’s United Party (PUP) launched a protest against the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize City. A few minutes ago, the Attorney General sent a response regarding the PUP’s actions. It noted that the Government does not deny that the Vital Statistics Unit is in need of reform. The A.G. said the Unit was removed from under the Supreme Court and bringing it under the Attorney General’s Ministry for management and control; terminating several staff members that were found to be corrupt or grossly incompetent, hiring new staff to fill critical positions; implementing training sessions for clerks; overseeing an overhaul of the management structure and systems in place; relocating the Unit to a more public friendly and accessible location; and upgrading the facility to better improve staff working conditions and public ease in accessing the services. The release from the A.G.’s ministry says to attack vital services as a tool in furthering its anti-ICJ campaign is simply a cheap and desperate shot by the PUP.