UDP Ministers Display Disrespect at the Senate Select Committee Hearings

The People’s United Party strongly condemns the contemptuous and disrespectful behaviour displayed by two sitting UDP Ministers who appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee today.
Minister Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez and Minister Edmond Castro were both disrespectful and rude while giving testimony before the Senate Select Committee. Their behaviour showed a complete lack of respect for the Senate and for the office which they hold.

Both ministers refused to answer most of the questions put to them by members of the Committee, becoming progressively contentious and hostile when faced with queries about their roles in the rampant corruption in Immigration. They were also deliberately dishonest, repeatedly claiming that they were not aware of any culture of corruption in the Immigration Department. Neither Minister seemed to remember the Prime Minister’s comment about Ministerial involvement in the Visa hustle when he exclaimed: “Fuh God’s Sake Stop It!”

Quite apart from our outrage at the disrespectful and brutish behaviour of these men, as Belizeans we are ashamed at the knowledge that what occurred in the Senate today will surely be broadcast regionally. Our regional and foreign partners will observe this shameful display from those who are, regrettably, in leadership roles in this country.

The actions of these Ministers who clearly believe that they are the ‘untouchables,’ show a troubling pattern by the Barrow Administration to display wanton disregard for truth and the rule of law. We would, in this instance, call on Prime Minister Dean Barrow to sanction them, but they are monsters of his own making, and he has demonstrated that he condones and defends such behaviour from his Ministers.