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Apr 14, 2015

Yasser Musa’s Criticism of Colonial Museum Revisited, Mayor Bradley Responds

But the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, following its launch last week, was blasted by the former President of National Institute of Culture and History, Yasser Musa. Musa spoke of the project being retrograde, racist and backward and that the fifteen million dollars to be invested in the project should be used for artisans and musicians. Mayor Darrell Bradley says that while he has not seen or heard the comments made by Musa, the criticism is of a policy political decision.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I haven’t seen his criticism, so it is something that I don’t know what it’s based on or exactly what he said. Yasser Musa is an artist, I have tremendous respect for him; he used to be my teacher so that somebody like that would be someone that we would want to work with and collaborate with in terms of ensuring that the project is a success. To say that a municipality or a government makes mistakes because projects do not have the widest possible buy in from the citizenry is to say nothing. Many projects I have seen in the past in other countries have lacked that kind of citizen participation, which is a problem, which is why we are having the workshop today, which is why we had the launch last week and the launch was attended by a lot of stakeholders. And this workshop if you look at the people who have been invited, they are people from the widest possible cross-section of people from that downtown community. Our methodology may be flawed and I am conceding that; that we have made mistakes both in the past and I suspect that going forward with the project we are going to continue to make mistakes. But I am very satisfied in terms of the people who are on the ground, in terms of the technical side of it, have a certain heart; that they know what they are doing and that they are very passionate about heritage preservation, the development of a sort of artisan and historic district in the downtown and the business people really mean well for the project. I can speak for myself that community participation is something that I really believe in and I have seen the power of that in other municipalities. So that I don’t know in respect to his specific comment because as I said I haven’t seen it, but he is somebody we would want to work with, hear from. And I believe that that is one of the things that I said in the presentation; if you have more people giving their input, it makes the project better.”

 

Of the fifteen million dollars that will be spent on the project, ten million of it is being funded by a loan from the Taiwanese government, which is specific to a project plan crafted and developed in collaboration with both governments. 

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1 Response for “Yasser Musa’s Criticism of Colonial Museum Revisited, Mayor Bradley Responds”

  1. CEO says:

    I agree that some money should be spent on the performing arts but we also need to preserve our history however racist and backwards it was.

    Every country has a part of their history that they are not proud of but it is part of their history. To remove any part of your history to make it look or sound better would be disingenuous.

    Keep the cart moving Bradley.

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