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Illicit enrichment

Illicit enrichment is when the assets of a government official grow to an extent that cannot be explained from lawful earnings during the performance of public duties.

Of late, there has been much talk about the contracts that the Government of Belize entered into with the Belize Companies Registry and the Belize Intellectual Property Office. The storms have seemingly died down, where the Belize Telecommunications Limited, Intelco, the Social Security Board, and the Development Finance Corporation are concerned.

VIP all the way!

This newspaper?s support for the third party VIP slate in Belmopan is unconditional. Our support is not logical, because we barely know the candidates. We do not expect our support to be monumental or pendulum swinging, because our days of dreaming are past. Our support is derived from the old geometrical system of reductio ad absurdum.

Double standard

This week a slowly re-emerging bus controversy came to a head when Novelo?s Bus Line, the receivership company, struck for a day, in protest of the Novelo brothers? new company, National Transport Services Limited, taking a bite out of the western runs.

We wonder how it is that transport authorities?that is, the Ministry of Transport, headed by Hon. Jose Coye, and the National Transport Board?permitted such a situation to fester and explode in the faces of thousands of Belizean commuters and travelers who were, evidently, left out in the cold.

Double standard

This week a slowly re-emerging bus controversy came to a head when Novelo?s Bus Line, the receivership company, struck for a day, in protest of the Novelo brothers? new company, National Transport Services Limited, taking a bite out of the western runs.

We wonder how it is that transport authorities?that is, the Ministry of Transport, headed by Hon. Jose Coye, and the National Transport Board?permitted such a situation to fester and explode in the faces of thousands of Belizean commuters and travelers who were, evidently, left out in the cold.

Corruption and Compromise

The reality of life in Belize is that you can?t survive without money?at least not for long. There were times when a family could survive by bartering goods with others, but today nobody can use cacao beans to buy food, or pay their school fees or utility bills. The terms of settlement are almost always cold cash, except if you are Jeffrey Prosser, who can pay huge bills with an unsecured promissory note?a mere piece of paper with his signature!

The rule of the lawyers

At this newspaper we have opined several times over the last year or so, that there is a need for a real third party option in Belize, because the two major parties here, one 55 years old and the other 32 years old, have become too cozy with each other, so cozy that very little changes when a different party is sent to Belmopan. We saw that our passports continued to be sold, our lands and cayes continued to be alienated, undocumented labor continued to dominate the manual labor market, the major narcotic traffickers continued along their merry way, and so on and so forth.

Liability

There seems to be no end to the string of stories of corruption in this administration. Just when you think you?ve heard it all, there seems to be some other duplicitous deal that becomes exposed, to the humiliation of Prime Minister Musa and his flock.

But was it really humiliation that caused the Government of Belize to abruptly end its contracts with the Belize Companies Registry Limited (BCRL) and the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO)? Was it, as it is being portrayed, Cabinet?s ?shock? over the obvious sweetheart deal with BELIPO and its owners that caused it to suddenly and ?unilaterally? break two 15-year contracts valued at tens of millions of dollars?

A child?s cry for help

Many of us who think we are so well off, realize how poor we truly are when the medical bills stare us in our faces. Many Belizeans cannot afford to pay for health care costs for themselves and their children. You?d be surprised at the number of people who are walking around, apparently healthy, but silently nursing ailments that are deteriorating their beings, living on the mere hope that someday they will get lucky and win the lotto, so they can get a new lease on life.

Black Bushwhacking

A prominent ethnic elder, without complaining directly to us, behind our backs wrote to one of our football teams? corporate sponsors to complain that Kremandala disrespected his ethnic group in some of our promotional material. He wanted that corporate sponsor to withdraw its support from our team.

Hey, Cousin Francis

Ralph Fonseca, the PUP?s Super Minister, thinks that sports are just a waste of money. But Ralph is not the Minister of Sports. Cousin Francis is.

The point of this note is that if there is no semi-pro basketball tournament next year, then Cousin Francis will be the first Minister of Sports, PUP or UDP, who has allowed semi-pro basketball to miss a tournament for two consecutive years. This would be bad, bad news for Belizean basketball.

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