Prime Minister, in front of a group of Belizean Diaspora in Los Angeles, admitted that the Lands Department is “a hotbed of corruption.” He further mentioned that his administration has been making moves to purge out said corruption, but what are they? Well, the PM expounded on that.
“There have been ongoing attempts on trying to assist with processes. Remember, they had this land management systems project funded from abroad and all that. The biggest problem (I hate to say it) is with individuals. Too many people complain that nothing is being done at the Lands Department unless you are prepared to pay. So, I am hoping that the effort that’s being made and the fact that some people have been rotated out together with the systems on which there is ongoing work, will help. I will also tell you that we are trying to get somebody to act as a kind of quality assurance person or the Department and a liaison with the public. We had spoken to one well known individual that then worked. We are speaking to another one currently, and if we can swing that particular contract, that particular arrangement, hopefully that will help”.