John Briceño calls Airport Project a "Hustle"
It appears the Caye Caulker Airstrip project will go ahead with Social Security Board funding, albeit reduced. The Belize Airports Authority is said to be receiving between three-point-five and four million dollars to re-do the runway with hot mix. The original seven-million dollar project, awarded by tendering to Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited, also called for a fence and other amenities. Either way, Opposition Leader John Briceño said it is what it is – U.D.P. favoritism and cronyism for which they must eventually answer.
John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader
“It just brings home the point that we have been making all along: that it is about a hustle, that the U.D.P. right now are trying to get all sorts of projects off the ground, that by handing over money to these political [operatives], and I want to challenge the Prime Minister if he thinks that Imer Hernandez is a U.D.P. or not, that these people are getting monies and we suspect and we believe that they are then going to be channeling some of these monies into the U.D.P. coffers. They think that with money they can buy the Belizean people once again; but I think that the Belizean people’s eyes are open, that they are seeing these people for what they are – that they are a bunch of corrupt people and some of them have been taking acts that can be deemed as criminal against the Belizean people, so that no amount of money is going to save them from the wrath of the Belizean people.”