A published blog article with the headlines “Barrow shuffles to save his corruption infested administration” has gone viral on Social Media and making its rounds in many media houses today. Our news center picked up the story based on the substance in the content.
The article, published by NBZLive, says credible sources have confirmed that Area Representative for Belmopan and Minister of National Security, John Saldivar has been removed from his post and replaced by recently elected UDP standard bearer for Orange Walk East, and former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Elodio Aragon Jr. The article also suggests that put out to pasture was Senator elevated to Minister of Public Service and Election and Boundaries, Charles Gibson. Elodio Aragon Jr. will then be sworn in as Senator and elevated to take Saldivar’s spot while Saldivar scoots over to Public Service.
The article says that the decision was taken during cabinet meeting yesterday and was reportedly unanimously supported by cabinet. Aragon was vigorously supported for ministerial post by Deputy Prime Minister Margarito Gaspar Vega, according to the article. What prompted the move by Prime Minister Barrow, well, according to article, it is alleged that the move had to do with allegations brought against Minister John Saldivar and Charles Gibson regarding the ensuing passport/visa scandal.
The article also makes mention that as Minister of National Security Minister, Saldivar failed to activate investigation into what occurred at the Immigration and Nationality Department which resulted in a jailed South Korean in Taiwan expeditiously receiving a Belizean passport and citizenship without setting foot in Belize. Of note is that Saldivar’s sister, Candelaria, is CEO in the Ministry of Immigration. But is there any truth to what the article is stating? We tried to get comment from the office of the PM but our calls were to no avail.
We can tell you though that a reliable source at the Press Office claims that the article is completely false and fabricated. Whether or not this is an indication of moves to come by the PM is anyone’s guess. The media will probably find out on Monday when the Prime Minister wil hold a press conference in Belize City at 10:00am.
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