And while all these allegations remain somewhat alive, the question on many minds is whether Saldivar will try again for UDP Leader. Earlier this week on The Morning Show he indicated that he is waiting to see what the party will decide on that issue. Today he was on the UDP’s Morning segment where he explained that right now he is on a mission to clear his name.
John Saldivar, Former UDP Party Leader Elect: “I took on the media was it Monday or Tuesday, Love FM, who in my view were leading the charge with all these accusations and I have asked them put back something out there to make them know that John Saldivar’s name is clear because you mi di seh this man wah testify certain things and he did not testify those things so please put it back out there. I don’t know if they did because I don’t really listen to much of the media out there but that’s all I’m trying to get done right now. Nothing about leadership, if that’s in the cards one of these days it will be revealed by the almighty but this is about just clearing my name and letting people know that I did nothing wrong.”
Saldivar went on to speak on the sentiments of those in his party who believe that his name has become damaged goods. This, he says, has made them lose confidence in his ability to lead the UDP.
From the onset, Saldivar has been proclaiming innocence saying he did not do anything wrong and that he had not received monies from Lev Dermen. Upon the presentation of proof, namely text messages, Saldivar was forced to come clean with the Prime Minister, admitting that he did get financing from Dermen. According to Saldivar, a lie does not translate to him being corrupt.
John Saldivar, Former UDP Party Leader Elect: “The accusation was bribery and corruption. If that had been proven, Dean, that would have been a death knell for me if evidence had come out about bribery and corruption. No such evidence has come out so now there are those who are hinging on the fact that I did not tell Cabinet.”
According to Saldivar, he does not recall how much monies he received from Dermen as he was not keeping track. He added that the monies from Dermen were used in the Belmopan division to help his constituents pay their various bills including water and light among others.