A motion was tabled today to appoint a person to act as Auditor General. The office of the Auditor-General has been vacant since December 7, 2021. This is after Dorothy Bradley retired. The Briceno Administration has been unable to find a replacement. Today’s motion seeks to have Bradley act as Auditor-General for two years with effect September 1, 2022. While members of the Government supported the appointment, Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow did not. Here is that exchange.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “The President of the Public Service Union vehemently objects to Ms. Bradley being given another contract on the basis that there are many qualified public officers that can assume that position and qualified Belizeans outside of the Public Service and further the President of the PSU does not paint the picture that the Prime Minister paints. In fact, he says that Mrs. Bradley’s tenure was filled with grievances, and that she did a terrible job as Auditor General and there are many outstanding grievances from her time that disenfranchise public officers. So the Opposition cannot support this.”
Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform: “If you would look in the archives, Mr. Leader of the Opposition, you will see that even the former Prime Minister congratulated the work done by Dorothy Bradley. I know that you weren’t here during this time. I know that you weren’t around. You probably don’t even know Ms. Bradley or the work that she did as an Auditor General but certainly, but certainly, I don’t have to say where he was but certainly we over here, you colleagues on that side know that Ms. Dorothy Bradley has done her job, has done it professionally, has not shown any fear or favour to any political party or to any office. So, certainly I get up and I support this appointment.”
John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “When the former Prime Minister was there bashing the Public Service and going and bashing everybody that would get in his way, Dorothy Bradley stood up like a strong woman to the then Prime Minister. She never showed him that she was afraid of him and that’s the same kind of behaviour and work and attitude that she had in the previous government. We expect her to do the same thing with our government that she is going to come in and to ensure that they can audit the work of the Government as the way it is required by law. So I could understand why you aren’t too happy, because she gave some searching reports on your father and his former government. No. Yes. No. Yes. He complimented. But of course you know he speaks from both sides of his mouth. Everybody knows that so we’re not surprised.”