Portico developer accuses former administration of soliciting campaign financing

Portico developer accuses former administration of soliciting campaign financing

David Gegg – he is the man at the forefront of Portico Enterprises, the company looking to construct the cruise port, Port of Magical.  His works at the port have been brought to a halt after a Definitive Agreement signed under the Barrow administration was leaked into the public domain, and exorbitant concessions were found in the document.  The rejection of the now infamous agreement has led to an inquiry currently underway via a Special Senate Select Committee.  The committee met yesterday in Belmopan with Gegg as one its key witnesses.  In his testimony yesterday, several interesting facts were brought to light; but among them, the bombshell was when Gegg indicated that person or persons under the previous government had solicited a seven-digit amount in the name of campaign financing.  Gegg says this was done in the latter part of 2020, just before the general elections.  With an environmental clearance pending, at the time, for Port of Magical, Gegg was asked if he believes this would have been a bribe to get the clearance.

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Probably around the middle of September I received a message and I interpreted the message saying to me that the concluding of our environmental clearance, approved at the meeting of August 28th would not happen in the absence of a campaign contribution.”

Senator: Was there any point anyone in the last government seek campaign financing or anything to try to expedite any of the processes when it comes to the definitive agreement ? 

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Senator, I said we had been given environmental clearance on August 28th correct ?”

Senator: That was mid September of 2020 ? 

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Correct.” 

Senator:  By who ? 

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “I can’t say.” 

Senator: What was the amount asked for ? 

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Seven figures.” 

Senator: Can you state the figures ?

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Seven figures.”

Senator: And that I would anticipate was members of the then government ? The then UDP government ? 

David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Well they were the only ones in a position to conclude the ECP. Let me say also after that there was another meeting with the NEAC called on October 15th. My analysis by then they knew nothing was in the pipeline and they were hoping for something smaller and they didn’t get that either and the fact that the administration did not conclude our environmental clearance should put that issue to rest. We did not pay anything to anybody.”

Senator: If you would have paid the we call it the seven figures, do you think you would have gotten the environmental clearance before the general election ? 
David Gegg, Portico Developer: “Well I understood it to be a quid pro quo.”

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