As we had reported on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber’s government issued vehicle was plunged into the sea near Marine Parade on Sunday night. During a press conference held by the DPM he confirmed that his vehicle had been stolen from the residence of his girlfriend where he had left it, but even though his story was corroborated by the police, many are not swallowing that pill but apparently the Prime Minister is. Yesterday during his press conference, the media asked him about the Minster’s account of how his 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser ended in the Caribbean Sea. Here is what he had to say.

 

deanRt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“He had called me from the Sunday night because when I first heard about it I thought that maybe he had been in the vehicle and I was concerned about his safety.  He said no and from then he told me that the vehicle had to have been stolen and now clearly a question has arisen, stolen by whom?  And the police have been told to try to get to the bottom of this and as I know that’s where things are.”


Reporter


“Sir, with the admission that he left the key with a friend, that the friend subsequently left the key in the vehicle…is that optimal stewardship of the public asset? A very expensive asset as well.”


Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“I think you put that question to him and he confessed that it wasn’t. He told you.” 

 

Reporter

“Well you are his boss…”


Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“But who am I to disagree with that.” 

Reporter

“But you are his boss so then he would need another vehicle or he may… You know that land cruisers can go in the sea and still work. I think your one had the same…under different experience. But I am saying, should he need a new Prado; would the government put its money towards that being as he led to perhaps the downfall of his previous one?”


Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“But Lord, the circumstances he described to me did not quite amount to him giving his friend the key and saying you can go drive the vehicle. So without getting into the details of what he told me, while this is unfortunate, I don’t know that the blame goes beyond what he conceded to you. It was not optimal stewardship of government’s resources. but I don’t know that it is such as would entitle me to say, oh, yow ah buy back yo own vehicle. I don’t think so. But he and I will obviously have to have a discussion if and when it appears that the vehicle is irreparably damaged—I don’t know that that is the case.”


Investigations into the matter continue.

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