The wheels of the new Briceno administration has taken off as already the Prime Minister is looking to issue Cabinet portfolios tomorrow. Some will be left out as legally the Prime Minister can only have two-thirds of its elected members to serve in Cabinet. According to PM Briceno, the elected PUP representatives are well aware of their mandate and obligations.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “We always have to remember what we were elected . We were elected as representatives of the people of your constituency and not as a minister. Secondly the constitution prevents me from having everybody in the Cabinet, we can only have two thirds of those who have been elected so we have to follow the law and we are going to do our best to have a proper balance in the Cabinet and to ensure that we could put the right people in the right places.”
Reporter: What are a couple of those important investigations that you guys will launch within the next week or two ?
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Well I think that is for the Cabinet to decide once we sit and we start working we are going to be able to then sit down and decide the areas that we have to look. Certainly Lands Department is number one along with the Ministry of Works, those two stand out more than any other ministry where we probably have to do some form of investigation and it may even end up to a criminal investigation.”
Reporter: Sir indications are that Chris Coye will be Minister of State with responsibility for finance and that Eamon Courtney will be Senator Minister with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and Attorney General area you able to speak about those extra representative appointments ?
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “I think we will speak on that tomorrow when we make the official presentation of all the ministers and members of the cabinet.”
Another order of business for the Briceno administration has to do with the dismantling of the Gang Suppression Unit which Briceno and the PUP has been promising for years. Their promise to the people stems from multiple incidents of abuse of power by this unit in the Belize Police Department.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “We expect that by sometime tomorrow we’ll be announcing the cabinet and that Monday morning we’re going to be having the oath of office. We have to do it in groups of five because of the pandemic and instructions requests from the Governor General and then on Monday afternoon we plan to have our first Cabinet briefing on the financial situation, on COVID-19, the flooding that is presently has been affecting us.”