Late this evening, the PUP Secretariat issued a Notice of Motion for a Senate Investigation. The release states that in lieu of the ongoing corruption in the irregularities and improprieties in the processing and issuance of the Nationality certificates and Passports issued by the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality; Section 61 (A)(2) of the Constitution of Belize, Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize sets out the powers and functions of the Senate as including (d) “instituting and conducting enquiries and investigations on any matter of public importance including inquiries into mismanagement or corruption by person in Central Government or public statutory bodies.”
The release continues with its terms of reference to investigate and inquire into all policies, process, procedures and issuance of nationality certificates, passports and visas in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality and to investigate any and all irregularities, improprieties and wrong doing in the issuance of Belizean Nationality certificates, passports and visas. The release was signed by Senator Lisa Shoman.
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