While much was said during yesterday’s press conference there are those who believe that nothing was accomplished, for the use of better words. The Vision Inspired by the People shares that same sentiment and today, in a press release, they documented their discontent and disappointed in the way Government is presently handling the passport and nationality scandal.
The VIP believes that yesterday’s press conference failed to address the salient demands of the unions, other Social partners and the VIP on the matter.
Instead of addressing the issues affecting the nation Government chose to use the opportunity to further salt the wounds of Belizeans by implementing knee jerk proposals designed solely to placate the growing indignation of Belizeans against the system of corrupt governance, according to the VIP.
For the party, the main questions remain unanswered hence why they once again demanded, that Elvin Penner be prosecuted and dealt with to the full extent of the law. That a full, impartial and independent public inquiry is conducted into the circumstances of the recent passport scandal and that such an inquiry is extended to cover the period of the preceding 24 months.
That the appropriate authorities demand that Penner complies with the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act by making full disclosure of his assets and liabilities to the Integrity Commission for each year he has served as an elected Representative. That all Parliamentarians, including the Speaker of the House, submit their annual disclosures for all year’s due in compliance with the Prevention of Corruption Act. That the Minister of Immigration and Nationality resigns from his position as Minister of Immigration and Nationality in the furtherance of the full and impartial inquiry into the scandal. That Mr. Penner resigns as Area Representative of the Cayo North East constituency with immediate effect or that the recall takes effect. And the UDP immediately sign the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Failure of their demands being met on or before Oct 30th 2013, the VIP is proposing to work with the social partners in launching a demonstration on Oct 31st which also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Merida, Mexico in 2003.
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