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BCCI calls on PM to thoroughly investigate corruption schemes

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BCCI, has weighed in on the matter. In a press release titled “Underscoring the need for the rule of law”, the BCCI states that the constant media reports of the many corrupt schemes employed at the Ministry of Natural Resources are appalling. When the Prime Minister was asked about the issue he said it is what it is and said he did not know if there is any actionable illegality there. In response, the BCCI says quote, “With due respect to the office, it is not for any Prime Minister to make that determination. Corruption accusations must be subjected to the same judicial scrutiny to which any other criminal accusation would be subjected.” End of quote. The BCCI calls upon the relevant authorities to investigate the allegations of acquisition of land and improper compensation. The BCCI says that the Prime Minister, as a responsible leader, must encourage a thorough investigation without political interference and anyone found to be involved brought to justice. The BCCI reminds Prime Minister Barrow and the public that almost exactly one year ago he committed to having the Laws redrafted to have the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) re-configured for the inclusion of Social Partner Senators. The BCCI also says the public should take very seriously the fact that to date, this task remains incomplete. The BCCI ends its release by saying quote, “Inaction by the Government of Belize on the abuse of our natural and fiscal resources is no longer acceptable.  No one should be above the law, regardless of name, position, or political affiliation.” End of quote.