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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 8:55 a.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Spending his first morning in the shadow of the United States designating him as engaging in “significant corruption” during his term, John Saldivar believes he has touched the source of his current problems.

In a lengthy social media post, Saldivar details a conversation he had with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who informed him that an unidentified car dealer who claimed to be in his inner circle had allegedly made “claims fantastic” on Saldivar’s involvement in corruption, including bag collection. money every week. Saldivar denied the claim relayed by the Embassy to Barrow and that was it.

Except, Saldivar now says, that apparently wasn’t the case, and that “big lie” came back to haunt him. Saldivar maintained that he did not oversee any corrupt activity at the Immigration Department while in his portfolio.

And while Saldivar argues that the US State Department doesn’t have the evidence it claims to have and what it has is based on “a preposterous lie.” He reluctantly acknowledges that they may not have to present evidence and says we have to assume “there is no ulterior motive to interfere in our politics”.

But if Washington or his native Belmopan expect him to go away, he says, they have something else to come, citing John Zabaneh’s saga over drug trafficking allegations. He points out that in a few weeks he will struggle to become Belmopan UDP’s standard bearer and that his opponents are betting he will walk away rather than fight. But he insists he will fight and voters in the capital know who he is.

In particular, Saldivar does not address the allegations concerning his use of the coastguard boat for personal travel, which constitute the second part of the information that led to his appointment.

Also on social media, efforts have been made to link Patrick Faber and even Prime Minister John Briceño to the scandal, noting that the latter recently met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Washington and that Faber allegedly met with Briceño. Faber himself posted on social media on Tuesday ahead of responses from Saldivar and Moses “Shyne” Barrow that the “silence is deafening” from the party leadership.

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