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Sep 14, 2016

Cayo South representative Julius Espat stripped of pay and office stipend following suspension

He was controversially dragged from the House of Representatives by security forces on August twenty-sixth in a heated conclusion to a battle royal with Speaker Michael Peyrefitte, after being chided for using unparliamentary language. Cayo South Area Rep. Julius Espat insists that he has not been properly suspended from the service of the House. But today, a letter from the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly to the controller of the Human Resources Management Information System in the Ministry of Finance states that he is not to be paid until the matter is resolved. This evening, we spoke with Espat, who shared the content of the letter.

 

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

On the Phone: Julius Espat

“Dear Ms. Alpuche, Please be informed that on August twenty-sixth, 2016 at the House of Representatives Meeting of the National Assembly, Hon. Julius Espat, Member for Cayo South was suspended. Now this is the first formal acknowledgment from their side that I am suspended; I am of the opinion that I was not suspended because they did not follow procedure. Then it says, therefore, no payment is due to Hon. Espat until there is a resolution in the House [in] accordance with Section 44 (7) of the Standing Orders. But we receive three payments; one is a salary; one is a community vote; and one is an assistance for office, utilities, secretary, and rental of office. But even if it is just salary, I have a question: am I receiving a salary to go to the House of Representatives for three days of three-hundred and sixty-five days or am I receiving a salary as the Area Representative who serves their people for three hundred and sixty-five days? I don’t know if you understand what I am saying. Are they only paying you to attend House meetings, or are they paying you to be an Area Representative giving service to your people? So any which way they put it, I have a question and a concern.”

 

According to Espat, the salary runs to about three thousand dollars a month; the community vote is another two-thousand dollars; and the office and incidentals is four thousand dollars a month, making a grand total of about ten thousand dollars monthly.

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