GOB’S Manza-Malice can cost millions

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Dr. Marvin Manzanero

The vindictiveness of the John-Briceño-led PUP government may soon cost the Belizean taxpayers millions in damages stemming from wrongful death lawsuits. These wrongful deaths could come because of the PUP’s fixation on getting rid of the Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero. On Tuesday of this week, the CEO Minister of Health and Wellness wrote to Dr. Manzanero informing him that he was being place on five days administrative leave effective Tuesday. He was being investigated for misconduct. The nature of the misconduct being dereliction of duties. According to our sources, Dr. Manzanero is being blamed for the number of COVID-19 deaths going up. He allegedly refused to take up an offer from BAHA for them to conduct Covid-19 testing at their lab in an effort to have a shorter turnaround time for testing during the second quarter of 2020.
Now that the MoHW has accused the DHS, an agent of the state, of being responsible for causing the deaths of those persons, their families could now sue the government for wrongful death. Law suits from those 300+ families could run us into the hundreds of millions. Already there is legal precedent for such legal actions because back in August 2010, there was a situation in the Toledo District, whereby two weeks after the disappearance of two children, Mayan villagers of San Marcos Village burnt down the place they believed the children were being held, which was a crocodile recovery compound outside of PG Town. Prior to the burning down of the property, approximately 100 armed villagers visited the Punta Gorda Police Station and demanded that police accompany them there. They ended up going by themselves, and because police didn’t show up when they said they would, a small group went on the compound and burnt it down. It was not until after the property, ‘American Crocodile Sanctuary’, was completely burnt down, that the police showed up and detained the mob. Along with the destruction of the property 13 of the 18 crocodiles on the property were killed.
The owners then filed legal action against the government. That matter went to the Supreme Court and two years later in August of 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the Security Forces who were agents of the state, should have done more to stop the mob from torching the property and held the Government liable to pay compensation to Vince and Cherie Rose, the owners of the property. The Government appealed that decision and two years later, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Supreme Court. At the time, the owners of the property were asking for just over $900,000 in compensation.