Mark Lizarraga spoke more on transparency as it relates to the Barrow Administration. He zeroed in on the auditor general reports which he states consistently indicate mismanaged monies. According to him, there is no willingness on the part of the government to be more accountable.
Mark Lizarraga, Senator: “Let’s start with the Public Accounts Committee and the work of the Auditor General. The Auditor General should be putting out yearly reports on the how as a government we spend your money. She should be doing audits, she has the legal right and might to do audits on behalf of the people of Belize. Her reports- I understand that there are three reports 12-13, 13-14 and 14-15 that have been given to the government that we have not seen. Every report that she has done and that we have seen points to highly suspect illegal and irregular activities in the spending of our money. We see very little effort in trying to stop these leakages. Keep in mind that when she does an audit she just looks at maybe three months or one year. We know that we have problems in all the departments but what we see is a lack of willingness on the part of the present administration to address these matters, to plug the leaks , to pass legislation to plug the leaks and the will to enforce the legislation that we have because we have a lot of laws that are not being followed now and yet we see an unwillingness on the part of this administration to hold the laws and rules of this country. They themselves in many instances have broken those rules and laws. The courts have made pronouncements. We have seen in the past where they have changed the law to stop them from being charged or fined ,they’ve made laws retroactive. So we really have to question as a country, you know as a people where are the reforms that were promised ? Where are the laws that we need? Where is enforcement was the institutional strengthening that we need?”
We will have more on Senator Lizarraga’s interview later in this newscast.