David Gegg Declares Errors in Senate Testimony on Portico Agreement

David Gegg Declares Errors in Senate Testimony on Portico Agreement

In a curious turn of events surrounding Portico’s Definitive Agreement Businessman David Gegg has declared that he made some errors in his testimony.  Gegg has appeared twice before the Senate Inquiry.  In one of those appearances last month, Gegg had noted that he had informed several persons from the Briceno administration, including the prime minister, of the existence of the agreement.  He said he had done so shortly after the November 2020 general elections.  It is a loaded statement that he had given since several members of this administration have declared ignorance to the document.  Gegg’s testimony then placed the members of government in direct contradiction.  In a leaked document, Gegg has since informed the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, that there were some errors in his testimony.  For context, we bring back the portion of Gegg’s declarations which he now seeks to redress.

Senator:When a new administration came in, was it you who made them aware that this agreement existed or they came to you and said that it- “

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “Yes, I did. I wrote to the Prime Minister and all the other senior ministers and let them know that we had this agreement that it had been signed with the conditions precedent. The fact that we had been to our third NEAC meeting and that we look forward to having further meetings of the NEAC which we hoped would grant the environmental clearance that we knew was needed to get the project off the ground.”

Senator: “Right. I think that election was November of 2020, if I’m not mistaken. November 11th, yes. Yeah, memory sometimes impresses me a little. Not all the time, but yes, so it was in November of 2020. When do you believe you would have briefed them that this agreement existed?”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “Probably a week later.”

Senator: “A week later so it was very early in their tenure.”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “I don’t remember the exact date. But as soon as it was obvious that they had taken the reins of Belmopan I sent them an email with copies of documents, I believe, and congratulated them, of course, and let them know that this process, this project, was in the pipeline.” 

Senator:“How was it received?”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “I think it was received quite well, but there was that element. And I think that element still exists.”

Senator: “And from there it went then where it was presented to cabinet and then -“

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “Well, I mean before that we had to have a fourth NEAC meeting which I think was February 2nd of 2021 and it took quite some time before the DOE who normally speaks on behalf of NEAC got back to me and when they did they said that the ECP would have to be implemented in phases and that’s exactly what was done. And there was a bit of back and forth between myself and Boskalis and them at that point and got to the point where I think April 8th or 9th they said, we’re ready to sign.”

Senator: “So, the Prime Minister shred up a definitive agreement on TV. How did that make you feel?”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “It means I have six years to do something about it.”

Senator: “Sorry?”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “It means I have six years to do something about it.”

Senator: “What do you mean by that?”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.: “I won’t go there.”

Senator: “No, no, I…”

David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.:  “You’re a lawyer.”

Senator: “I… I want to… for the Belizean people, remember? What that means? I asked you earlier if you would sue the government.
David Gegg, Portico Enterprises Ltd.: “Parliament too often is theater. And too often politicians become actors. I think that’s what happens there. Prime Minister Briceno is a highly respected politician, been around for longer than most other politicians. I have tremendous respect for him. I don’t have a problem with what he did because I know he was playing to a different audience. It’s now up to us to sit down and agree on a document that will pass muster with us, with our investors.”

In his letter to the Clerk, Gegg says he had sent the document to Minister Anthony Mahler via a personal email address he believed to be correct.  He also says that he had forgot to attach the document to the email which incidentally, he had copied to the Prime Minister.  According to Gegg the email never reached Briceno as he had misspelled Briceno, using an E instead of an I.  It is curious indeed since his testimony had presented holes in several interviews given by members of this administration.  Earlier this evening, we asked Gegg to supply us with a screenshot of the email he had sent, but he told us that he would rather not fuel that fire.

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