In our extensive interview with former Prime Minister and UDP Leader, Dean Barrow, late yesterday evening, Love News asked him about the department he referred to as the Hotbed of Corruption- the Lands Department. It was reported that major corruption took place in the Department of Lands, so much so that multiple ministers failed to clean house. Barrow never failed to do so because from the onset he decided he would never give it a try.
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “I don’t think that that particular form of hustle happened to that degree or we’ll never know because there was such incompetence that in very many cases they genuinely sold the land twice because the records are so terrible. There was an element of corruption in that but how much was corruption or how much was just rank incompetence.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Ms.Retriege was given she resigned .
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “And for the time she was there I think she did a wonderful job and she was honest but the lady couldn’t take it. Because remember it’s not just the dishonesty it’s the corrupt. and listen let’s be clear you know it’s not just ministers that are corrupt “
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Public officers
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “Right and you put that they will want to call me and cuss me out, you can say what you want I’m conceding politicians are corrupt but so are public officers and lands ? Immigration ?”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Vital stats ?
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “Vital stats. Fortunately I don’t travel much because of my back because if I said when I go out there the immigration people would probably rough me up.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Ms.Retriege she left I heard she was receiving threats because she was there cleaning house.
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “See but again the cleaning house I’m saying it’s not just that your colleagues the Ministers will resist you, the public officers resist you too. And again we know that it’s not all public officers you had decent ones and you still have lots of decent ones but boy you know, I mean you know what is going on. You call the vital stats, immigration, lands, we will leave the police out of that ? Can’t – “
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Chester already said it.
Dean Barrow, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “Can’t, so.”