The case involving Andre Vega, son of former Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega, remains today before the court. As you may recall, Andre Vega was heavily compensated by the Government of Belize back in 2015 in the sum of $400 thousand dollars for a parcel of land located near the Haulover Bridge. That land, as previously reported, was first sold to Hilmar Alamilla and was valued at several hundreds of thousands of dollars, nonetheless, it was sold for a price of $2,500 despite the fact that it had been privately owned. Alamilla then reportedly sold the same parcel of land to Andre Vega at a cost of $15,000 in 2013.
Following a duplication of titles which appeared in the Ministry’s system, GOB then proceeded to compensate Vega for what was deemed as an irregular transaction. While the matter was taken to court, GOB made a request that the agreement be void due to the fact that Vega must have known that the land had been previously owned before entering a settlement. Vega’s attorney however, seems to differ.
And today, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceno, expressed his sentiments on the issue. Briceno is of the opinion that the money should have been refunded by Vega from the beginning.
Honorable John Briceno – Party Leader, PUP
“I think that André Vega should have handed that money a long time ago, the four hundred thousand dollars and he knew that he got this settlement so quickly because of who he was and the minister of natural resources was and I think that he should give back the money why going to court, why will you drag yourself I think he should be embarrassed for going through this thing and the easiest thing he could have done for himself, to his father and also to his government and to the UDP you know what am returning back this money lets move on.”
As previously reported, such transactions took place during former Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega’s tenure as the Minister of Natural Resources.