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Jul 21, 2015

No New National Campaign Manager Named

Francis Fonseca

And what about the post of National Campaign Manager, abruptly vacated by Godfrey Smith? It was believed that when Smith was brought on board in 2014, he would have provided some sort of financial access, but that reportedly did not come through. So Smith is gone, and the party leader says there’s no new NCM, but instead a new regional structure.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“We did talk about the whole structure of the campaign team and what we have looked at is setting up a structure with regional coordinators and we will determine as we move forward if we need to have in place specific in terms of a national campaign manager, but we’ve put together a team of coordinators that we believe will be most effective at this time. So we spent some time discussing that as well.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Sir, could you tell us who the coordinators are?”

 

Reporter

“What about a long overdue national convention?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Yeah, we’ve talked about that a long time ago. We decided long ago, the party, that we will have a national convention leading up to the national convention to present our thirty-one candidates to the Belizean people. So there is nothing new there, we discussed that many months ago and that is still our intention and still our plan. But when we have everything finalised and our manifesto in place and everything, then we will have our national convention to present our key policy, issues and our manifesto and candidates to the Belizean public; that’s the plan.”

 

Reporter

“Godfrey Smith is not here; who you said became your personal advisor after he was removed as NCM. Did he give an excuse, did he give a reason for not attending today’s meeting?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Meeting? He is not a part of the national executive.”

 

Reporter

“But he is your personal advisor…”

 

Francis Fonseca

“I have many personal advisors, but they don’t attend national executive meetings.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, have you all approached Eamon Courtenay or have anyone, on your behalf, approached Eamon Courtenay…we are reliably informed…”

 

Francis Fonseca

“No. No, no.”

 

Reporter

“Because that Mister Ralph Fonseca, acting on your behalf, contacted a number of persons to do a number of things. Is that so?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Again Jules, you are getting your information from U.D.P.s and again that is absolutely false. I have an absolutely excellent relationship with Eamon Courtenay. If I require Eamon Courtenay to do anything on behalf of the People’s United Party, I always go to see him myself. I don’t need anybody to act on my behalf to engage with Eamon Courtenay so that is definitely not the case.”

 

Reporter

“Sir what happens if it turns out to be that a large number of the standard bearers and parliamentarians have lost confidence in your leadership, are you prepared to step down?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“I serve at the will of the P.U.P. Marisol. I’ve always said that. We just had a national party council meeting in Dangriga, where the entire party was present; I think one standard bearer had an excuse and was not present; every single other constituency was represented—thirty out of thirty-one. That national party council meeting in Dangriga on July fourth, not too long ago, unanimously endorsed my leadership.”

 

Reporter

“But surely that could change?”

 

Francis Fonseca

“I’m sure anything could change.”

 

Reporter

“After a loss in the bye-election. The P.U.P. don’t like to lose.”

 

Francis Fonseca

“Yes, none of us like to lose. And I’ve answered this question already. At that national party council meeting they made it absolutely clear that it was not on any basis of any bye-election. We all understood what we were facing in Dangriga and everybody said, we support our party leader for the general elections and not for any bye-elections or coming out of any bye-elections. And that remains the case; that remains the case and I certainly would invite the media to stop engaging in Mister Barrow’s game of trying to undermine the leadership of the People’s United Party.”

 

Fonseca says the party has a strategic plan to secure money for use leading up to the general elections.

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