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Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Julius EspatJulius Espat stormed out of the Public Accounts Committee meeting which was held in Belmopan on Wednesday, September 4th. As he huffed out of the committee meeting room, he violently slammed the door shut behind him. Espat had gone to the meeting with an agenda which was voted on and rejected by the majority of the committee members. He was seeking to review only one Auditor General's report that is the one for 2010 to 2011.

After the rejection of that agenda, Hon. John Saldivar proposed a new agenda which will see the committee review Auditor General reports from as far back as 2003(see Table to the right). The first meeting will take place on September 23rd and will publicly review the Report of the Auditor General's Report for the years 2003/2004 and the 2004/2005 report on September 25th.  The schedule will see all Auditor General's Reports that are available from 2003 reviewed. It is noteworthy that there are no reports before 2003.

While the committee now has an approved agenda which it will work on, Julius Espat it seems will not be returning to be the Chairman. After his storming out, Hon. John Saldivar was elected as the pro-tem Chairman and if Espat does not return there will be a new chairman selected to conduct the work of the committee. This process of selecting an alternate chairman is allowed in the Standing Orders.

Speaking to Hon. Saldivar, he said that the Committee will be exercising its authority to interview the current and past Auditor Generals and question them about their work in their time of tenure.

It promises to be an interesting look at what are catalogues of PUP misfeasance. Every single one of the reports that will be reviewed will prove once again that the PUP was simply a party of hustles, hustlers and sweetheart deals. This is what Julius Espat is running from. He does not want the Belizean people to know what was taking place under the PUP where he himself was a beneficiary of PUP corruption.