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Jul 2, 2014

P.U.P. Western Caucus Chairman resigns

Francis Fonseca

The immigration scandal that has seen the removal of former Minister of State Elvin Penner has also reached members of the People’s United Party. In a leaked copy of the Auditor General’s Report on the immigration scandal, P.U.P. political aspirant Martin Cal’s name was called in the facilitation of Belizean birthrights to foreign nationals. The Executive of the P.U.P. immediately got into action and Cal was removed as a candidate in the Belmopan slate for the party. Well today, the P.U.P. says that following a meeting on Tuesday in San Ignacio, Cal’s brother Moises, who is also the Chairman of the Western Caucus, resigned from the post. Party Leader, Francis Fonseca told News Five today that they acted decisively.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“We only became aware of the Martin Cal issue when the preliminary report of the Auditor General was leaked and immediately when we read that report, we recognized that there was a problem. Obviously we are not in a position of establishing guilt or innocence of Mister Cal; we are not judging his guilt or innocence, but we want to be abundantly clear on this issue that we will not allow anyone to run for the People’s United Party if there is any cloud hanging over their heads with respect of this immigration issue. And in respect of Mister Cal, there are some outstanding questions and issues. So the western caucus discussed the matter with him and asked that he step down and resign and withdraw his candidacy, which he did. In the case of Mister Moises Cal, the chairman of the western caucus, I can report to you that the Western Caucus met last night and he tendered his resignation and that was accepted by the western caucus. Again, it is not a question of him being implicated in what his brother is doing or any guilt on his part, but again, we are at a place in 2014 where we are fully focused on an agenda of reform and change and we simply don’t want anything to get in the way of that or to cloud that agenda or that reform track that we are on. So that is the reason why we acted very quickly and acted very decisively.”


Rafael Guerra Junior has been approved as the Interim Chairman of the Western Caucus Executive.

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4 Responses for “P.U.P. Western Caucus Chairman resigns”

  1. carlanga says:

    Are you going to ask for jail time, like how you have been asking for Penner? This is also a cover up by the PUP, because the person resigning does not change anything. You acted quickly because it was discovered and you are trying to make people believe that you are reforming, this is a slap in the face, cause Mr. Cal will only be advising in the shadow, but i am sure he will be compensated if the PUP wins next election. There is no mistake, this is how the PUP operates. Step aside in case we win you will become Ambassador some where and the people cannot say anything cause they will be in power, if people no forget.

  2. hmmm says:

    pup is not getting qualified leaders here in belmopan. they have a candidate but come election they lose against the present mayor. this present mayor needs to retire. we can hardly see his face. no properity in our sorounding villages.we need strong pup leaders.

  3. belizean@heart says:

    moises cal resigned because his brother was told to resign and he is sad that his brother will no longer run again,tats why he resigned too,well we need to stop this corrupt public officer from the start,not like dean barrow that he knows penner, castro,vega, are guilty and is doing everything in his power to cover up all the rampant corruption in their ministries,dean barrow have fi go and the people have to vote him OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

  4. bzean to d bone says:

    hhhhmmmmm belizean political party trying to cover the sun with a finger ….. thinkin….

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