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Jan 22, 2015

Fonseca Says Belize City Challenging

Francis Fonseca

So what’s the prediction for Belize City? It’s considered a U.D.P. stronghold with the U.D.P. holding on to eight of ten seats. Fonseca acknowledges that it will be a real challenge for his team because of that U.D.P. presence, but he says it’s definitely not an insurmountable obstacle.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“That’s always a formidable challenge because this is where they spend the most money. This is where they will invest the most for the municipal campaign. So yes Belize City is always a challenge for good reason, because this is always where they place the greatest emphasis for winning as a Party, because they as senior ministers want to make sure that they win. So we understand that. But there are many people who are very frustrated with what is happening at City Hall, not only the internal challenges that they are having and the bickering and in-fighting that is taking place. There is clearly a great discord and disunity at City Hall. But people believe that Mr. Bradley’s record and the record of the City Council has been hyped and inflated while many people are still living in very terrible conditions. Their streets remain broken up. People don’t believe that they are getting value for money. Many of the cement streets are already starting to crack and break up. There has been no real accounting for those monies that have been spent. The other mayors, both U.D.P. and P.U.P. complain bitterly because he has been given unprecedented support, inequitable support as they see it from Central Government, again because of that south-side presence of U.D.P. ministers and the Prime Minister. And yet people feel that they have not benefitted from those millions of dollars, over a hundred million dollars invested in Belize City.”

 

Fonseca made reference to controversy and bickering inside City Hall. And indeed, we understand there is much of that at this point. We’ve tried repeatedly to get Mayor Darrell Bradley for comment, but the Mayor, never a very shy fellow, seems to prefer to be quiet. 

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