PM Briefly meets with Protestors
As mentioned, during the protest, Prime Minister John Briceno, accompanied by Public Service Minister Henry Charles Usher, briefly spoke with members of the Association of Beneficiaries and Retired Public Officers at the foot of the National Assembly building. The PM reassured the association that advice will be sought from the office of the Attorney General on the way forward. The PM explained to reporters that he believes it’s time for the beneficiaries to receive their monies.
Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “I really believe it’s their money so they should get their money. These people they’ve retired, they’re not making as much money or if any money. As you get older you have more medical bills and they need all the help that they can and as one of the ladies said you know she wants her money not when she dies somebody else will get it. So it is only right that they get it. I am not casting any kind of aspersions against the trustees I know nothing about what they’re doing but I will sit down and speak with the Attorney General to be able to see what kind of reports we can get to get a full accounting of whatever monies that have been spent. So we’ve agreed that we will ask the Attorney General to be able to send an affidavit in their support of the court case. We have to wait until that process finishes. Secondly we said that we will again get the report from the trustees and thirdly that we are prepared to meet with them after the Easter break.”