Screen_Shot_2014-01-10_at_8.19.26_PMOn Tuesday we told you about the upgrading of streets that is being carried out in Corozal Town. But while we reported on the infrastructural works being carried out, we were unable to verify whether the project was being financed under the 10 million dollars earmarked for Corozal under the National Road Infrastructure Programme.


And while we saw heavy machinery belonging to Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited, we were unable to verify whether that particular company, which is owned by the nephew of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, is the one who got the contract.


That question and more was going to be posed today to Mayor Campos, but since he refused to give us an interview, again under the orders of Pablo Marin, we had no other alternative but to get the interview after it was aired by our colleagues of Channel Seven News. After all we must keep Corozalenos informed. Here is what Campos had to say about the works presently being carried out and about the awarding of the contract to Imer Hernandez.


Hilberto Campos- Mayor Corozal Town


"It is a project undertaken by the Corozal Town Council. In the month on November, we had compromise with the parents/teachers association of certain schools that streets that had access to their schools were going to be paved. We made a pledge to them, we did a consultation with them and this is one of the streets that were directly involved in that consultation and this is a project undertaken by the Corozal Town Council. This is not from central government; of course we have on board the area representative or the Minister of Health Pablo Marin who will be assisting in finding the finances to take care of these streets. There are a total of 7 streets that will be paved as long as the weather permits."


Daniel Ortiz- Reporter


"What do you mean when you say specifically paved? Do you mean chip sealed, what is it?"


Hilberto Campos- Mayor Corozal Town


"Yes, we will do double chip sealed. If you do one layer its practically wasting your money. I know that we are evolving and we have to start looking at other options when it comes to hot mix and concrete, but for right now we will be working with double chip seal."


Daniel Ortiz- Reporter


"How much will this project cost for these 7 streets sir?"


Hilberto Campos- Mayor Corozal Town


"We have estimated somewhere about $700,000 - $800,000. It's 7 streets and it's about 2.7 miles. It is streets that will be directly affecting people that have access to Mary Hill, to Xavier, to Guadalupe School, to Methodist school, that's about."


And why was Imer Hernandez awarded the contract? Well, according to the Mayor, he is a close friend to the council.


Hilberto Campos- Mayor Corozal Town


"Imer Hernandez is a very good friend of the Corozal Town Council. We have a long history behind us. He did one of our first streets in 2007, it's the street right behind the camera man here and that's a street that is impeccable; it's not have even a single hole on it. We have had very good streets done by him with decent contracts and as a matter of fact we have a very good working relationship which is why he is going to be the one that will be facilitating the Corozal Town Council with these streets."


Daniel Ortiz- Reporter


"Have you guys considered the appearances which are very important in these particular instances where Mr. Imer Hernandez - there was a recent scandal that his company's name was called in which they are saying he didn't paved roads that he was paid for. Has that been any consideration in your working relationship with Mr. Imer? Like I said, appearances are important; people want to know that their works will be done properly and that when the town council awards a contract to a particular contractor they will get value for money."


Hilberto Campos- Mayor Corozal Town


"You mentioned just now about appearances and everything. I am telling you and this is from 2007 we are working with this contractor; we have streets that have been guaranteed by him. We have a history and depending on that history is what we are working with. Whatever is said about him and it is not proven in court I cannot take that for granted. The people of Corozal will be getting proper streets as they have always been getting from Imer Hernandez. Imer Hernandez is a friend of the Corozal Town Council and we have always been accountable to our people."


Just in case you don’t remember or know Imer Hernandez is, well, for one, he is the nephew of DPM Gaspar Vega. Two, his company was in the middle of the San Antonio Road scandal back in 2013 when documents surfaced showing that in 2012, Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited was paid close to $200,000 for the rehabilitation of the road which to date has not been fixed. After several days of the story making headlines, the Prime Minister told the media that the monies were diverted to Otro Benque Road.

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