Leader of the Opposition demands answers from PM Briceno
Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow, seems to not be letting up anytime soon as it relates to the Definitive Agreement and the Prime Minister’s decision to take it to Cabinet for approval. In a very lengthy letter to the Prime Minister, Barrow reminded Briceno of his platform of accountability and transparency that he ran on in his 2020 political campaign. Actually, the letter goes even deeper than that as Barrow wants the Prime Minister to explain why he gave any thought at all to the Definitive Agreement, knowing that it bore the exorbitant concessions, unprecedented in Belize. More than that, Barrow also wants Briceno to explain why he feels obligated to give an agreement to Portico when he has not hesitated in canceling contracts he does not agree with; for example, the Boledo contract with Brad’s Gaming Group. Barrow went on in his 4-page letter, asking the Prime Minister to explain the logic in going against Waterloo and Stake Bank when both these companies are prepared to undertake their projects with land they already own, with a reputation of successful developers; adding that Portico is more of a fly-by-night project with David Gegg and Gulab Sharma having no record of achievement in projects of this magnitude, and no solid proof of funding. The letter from Barrow ends, stating, quote, “As a government that came to office pledging full transparency, accountability, good governance and anti-corruption, you owe the people of Belize: a full explanation of who is the driving force behind your support of the egregious Definitive Agreement ….a full disclosure of the terms of the Harvest Caye and Stake Bank agreement; and an explanation as to why environmental clearance given to Portico on the basis of a Definitive Agreement, exposed as being fraudulent, should stand.” End of quote.