Prime Minister John Briceno says he has no idea who Daniel Chi is. And if you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that Chi is the Forest Officer who hung up on the Prime Minister. You’ll also know that Chi was placed on administrative leave and is now being recommended to be dismissed. Today the media asked Briceno about it.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “I have no idea what you’re talking about and that has not come to my attention so I have no comment on that matter.”\
Reporter: Sir but the CEO in the Ministry has in fact.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Can I repeat to you again ?”
Reporter: Do you think that is appropriate that he would get the highest penalty for what is a misdemeanor in essence ?
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “I don’t know what they’re doing. I don’t know Mr.Chi. Mr.Chi could walk into my room and I don’t know and before I comment on anything I guess I would need to find out first what are the facts before I can give you a comment.”
Earlier this year, the PM had made a call to Chi asking that plants imported by Diani Chan of Botanical Gardens by Roselyn be released from quarantine. Chi refused, saying that CITES documentation was missing. He cut the PM’s call when the PM insisted that the plants be released.