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Dec 4, 2015

Opposition Chides Barrow Administration on Distribution of Flood Relief Funds

While there is some issue from the Opposition on the use of more than four million dollars on quote unquote flood relief just before elections, a major point of contention is also the way that money was distributed.

 

John Briceño, Member for OW Central

“There are people that need, and I am not disputing that but what I am concerned is Mr Speaker how that money was shared. It was not shared equally. There where people in San Estevan that water got into their h9omes, they didn’t get help. They didn’t get any refrigerator, they didn’t get any stove, they didn’t get any sand, they didn’t get any mattress Mr. Speaker.”

 

Mike Espat, Member for Toledo East

Mike Espat

“I had to feed those people for two days you know when food got there, nine thirty the second day in the night. This was when the first amount of food arrived in the Trio Village. Seriously Mr. Speaker if we so care for the people in this country, only Belize City has people it seems to me and only Belize City has people that has need to me. We have people that have need, it seems to me that the other side of this house does not know how people live in Toledo. Maybe we should educate them, that when a flood like that occurs and a Maya family had corn stored. That corn is supposed to last them for one year, you will feed them for four days and you won’t see that disaster that is behind and for the next seven to eight months they will not have food.”

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan, Member for Mesopotamia

“We must know to work together in the interest of the country of Belize, we must learn to work together in order to help the poor of this country. When we help the poor of this country, God will shower us with his blessings. This is not about P.U.P. or U.D.P. and I will not make that famous statement “U.D.P. first, P.U.P. second and nothing. This government does believe in that. You notice pour advertisement? We are a government for all. When you make those wild statement you see what the people of Belize do to you? So be careful.”

 

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1 Response for “Opposition Chides Barrow Administration on Distribution of Flood Relief Funds”

  1. Marie says:

    The money doesn’t belong to PM and his ministers, this money belongs to the people, borrowed in their name, so when tragedy strikes money should be dispersed equally.

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