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G.O.B. Repossesses Heavy Equipment from Boots’ Property #547395
01/09/21 05:59 AM
01/09/21 05:59 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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The repossession of government assets from past ministers continues. The Ministry of Infrastructure Development, formerly the Ministry of Works, is pursuing the recovery of missing inventory. Earlier today, at mile three and a half on the George Price Highway, the police retrieved heavy equipment from former Minister Anthony Boots Martinez’s property.  A bitumen batching plant, which is equipment used in road construction, has been sitting on the compound since 2010. At that time, Martinez was the political head of the department. In a memo issued on Thursday by C.E.O. Victor Espat to the Commissioner of Police, the ministry requested assistance from the police department to retrieve the equipment.

Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development

“Just now, Madame Speaker, ah geh wahn lee call.  Dehn tell mih dehn find wahn machine coming outta Belize City fi di past administration minister.  Da neva di one before, da mi di one lee bit before.  Da di one weh does wear sohn bulky thing eena ih socks.  Ih seh wih find wahn piece ah equipment just now, dat da di equipment dehn use to use fi patch road.  Madame Speaker, that is a fact.  An hour ago, an equipment was retrieved from a property that was managed by the ex minister that is for the property of Belize through the infrastructure development ministry.”

Valerie Woods, Speaker of the House

“Honorable Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, I am just going to ask again, please lets be careful with language and lets be careful of language and lets be careful of standing orders, particularly Standing Order 38.”

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Re: G.O.B. Repossesses Heavy Equipment from Boots’ Property [Re: Marty] #547448
01/12/21 06:11 AM
01/12/21 06:11 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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PM John Briceño Speaks on the “Boots Situation”

While the current and former deputy prime ministers went up against each other in the House, outside the National Assembly Building, Prime Minister John Briceño spoke about the “Boots situation.” The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing repossessed a Bitumen Batching Plant on Friday from a property associated with former U.D.P. Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez on the George Price Highway. The heavy equipment has reportedly been sitting on the property since 2010, and the ministry believes that it was taken unlawfully and for Martinez’s personal gain, which he refutes. The ministry has written to the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to investigate all possibilities of wrongdoing. The People’s United Party has been quietly collecting evidence against Martinez, and according to PM John Briceño, that evidence will be handed to the police for an investigation to take place.

Prime Minister John Briceño

“In all of these matters as I just said in the National Assembly, the only way we can stop this kind of pilfering, stealing, you just pick whatever word to take, the only way we are going to stop this kind of behaviour is by taking criminal action. But it is not for us to decide. What we have been doing quietly is getting the evidence. Once we get the evidence is passing it on for the police and the DP They are the one who decide we have enough evidence to charge. It is not us the political directorate. We are not going to do like what Dean Barrow did. When he knew that Said Musa and Ralph Fonseca did not steal the twenty million dollars. He knew that because that money went to pay a debt for the government. It is not personal. Yet he went ahead to arrest them just for show. We are not going to do that. We are going to do our investigation quietly and once we have the evidence we are going to pass it on to the police and the D.P.P. and for them to decide whether we have enough evidence or not.”

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