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Sep 14, 2016

Espat confirms he will go to court over “improper procedure” in House

Espat told us that he had written the National Assembly to inquire about his status, and he is still not sure if the letter issued today is a response. That aside, he plans to take the matter to court. He also told us of an interesting happening last week.

 

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

On the Phone: Julius Espat

“I had sent them a letter on the fifth of September, asking them for a formal clarification if I am suspended or not, because they did not follow procedure. You have to understand: for you to be suspended there are certain procedures in the House that has to be followed. One, the Speaker has to request an apology and if you do not give an apology, then a member from the opposite side rises and names you. In this case, Sedi Elrington tried to do it, but he didn’t name me. And thirdly, which is the most important thing, the Speaker nor any other member of the House has the power to suspend any member – the authority is bestowed on the House itself, and to achieve that, they have to have a vote, and a vote was not done. They blundered all the way through, and therefore our attorneys are analysing it and we will be taking it to court, to make sure that a judgment is made. Last week Monday, I was invited to a house committee meeting; I am a member of the finance and economic development meeting. I was invited in writing, I was called by the members of the national assembly about 4 times to make sure that I would be there. I attended the meeting as a member of the House of Representatives in the national assembly committee room. That meeting was chaired by the Honourable Saldivar, present was the Honourable Castro, present was the Honourable Aragon and from our side the Honourable Kareem Musa and myself was there. It was about the money lenders act that they were passing, there were also officials from the central bank there as witness and they were officials from the FIU present at the time. Outside of the committee meeting as witness was the Honourable Orlando Habet, the Honourable Florencio Marin and the Honourable Rodwell Ferguson because they were waiting for a subsequent committee meeting. And so everything went as normal, we participated, I was there representing my people and my party and we were doing the job that we were hired to do. There was no implications that I  was not suppose to be there, it went as normal so I am quite surprised as to where this letter is coming from I am assuming it was directives given by the Prime Minister.”

 

Espat says the removal of the monies associated with his office hurts not only him, but the people of Cayo South, who depend on the gifts coming out of the twelve to fifteen thousand dollar monthly budget that his office operates on. He has been meeting with constituents since the events of August twenty-sixth and tonight will be in one of the largest villages in the constituency, Valley of Peace. The court case concerning Espat’s suspension is expected to be filed sometime next week.

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