Senate Inquiry on Portico-Government Agreement Set to Begin Next Week, Opposition Leader speaks
The Senate Inquiry into the now notorious Definitive Agreement between Portico Enterprises and the Government of Belize is set to begin next week. On December 5, public hearings will commence to delve into the issue that members of both the current and past administrations have tried to distance themselves from. Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow, says he is confident that the information which will come out of the inquiry, will be in line with the position that his party has maintained since the issue came to light.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “The same way former ministers, current members of the House have to comply and respect the authority of the Senate the Prime Minister, Minister Coye and whoever else from the government side needs to explain to the Senate body that is doing this investigation how they arrived at presenting that paper not to what you think about this, that paper was presented with attached legislation to go to the next sitting of the House. So how did we get there ? The Prime Minister needs to explain that. We immediately condemned the signing of the Portico Agreement in unison there has not been any division in the party when it comes to that matter and we’ve bene all consistent with our condemnation of that corrupt Portico Agreement which all colleagues maintain was done in the dark of the night by a rogue former minister. So I do not anticipate that anything contrary to my colleague’s position that they had no idea as to what the former minister was doing I don’t anticipate anything contrary being unearthed and so I welcome them being called and I also anticipate that the Prime Minister of this country as the Minister of Finance and his minister of state Chris Coye will also be called because these are just the first group of witnesses.”
The rogue agent Barrow spoke of was former minister Erwin Contreras.