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Three years ago scandal broke out of the Belize Airports Authority when the Minister responsible was caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Minister Edmond Castro had been using the funds raised by the BAA to purchase chicken for political parties, to pay for family funerals and to repair his children’s bicycles. Sensing the distaste in the reports, the Prime Minister moved quickly to strip Castro of the portfolio and fire the Board members who approved the cheques. It was felt that with a new Board the scandals would end, but it seems there is insufficient oversight of the management of the Authority’s funds and another scandal is about to surface. There are reports that as a results of financial mismanagement, the Authority’s accountant resigned in June, followed by the resignation of the Chairman. On Friday, the PM was asked whether he knew about the state of affairs at the Airports Authority, but it seems he was fully out of the loop.


Screen_Shot_2017-08-22_at_8.03.00_PMRt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“You’re giving me news, I didn’t even know that the Chairperson has resigned if that is so certainly I don’t know of any other Board member having resigned, I do know to be perfectly frank with you that there was an ex-employee of the BAA that had raised some concerns and it may well be that it is in consequence of that the Chairperson resigned if he has resigned but I don’t know enough and I don’t want to prejudice anybody so let me just leve it as that.”


Reporter


“Sir, are you aware of misallocation or the misuse of the funds at that Board once again in terms of persons receiving prepayment if their stipend, misuse of the credit card other things related to that?”


Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize


“I am not aware, I’ve not been presented with any evidence of any Board member having been the recipient or prepaid stipend, I have heard that this may have taken place but the person who came to see me did not offer any evidence of that so am not trying to be the artful dodger I know that there has been that talk but I certainly wasn’t given any evidence on that.”

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