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Dec 8, 2016

Will Leading Parliamentarians Will Be Able to Agree on Letting Julius In?

So what became of the discussion among senior parliamentarians on both sides of the floor to have Espat reinstated?  According to the embattled politician, U.D.P. Party Whip, Michael Finnegan, is the only one to have expressed an interest in patching things up.  In spite of a letter written by Fort George Area Representative Said Musa, the longest serving parliamentarian, to the Speaker of the House requesting that the matter be dealt with urgently, there has been some foot-dragging in resolving the issue.

 

Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

“The only person that has shown any interest, to be honest with you, is the Honorable Finnegan.  From the beginning, as you are aware, he is the only person that stood up.  Since then I personally have spoken to him and he said that he would do his best as the whip on that side and as one of their senior parliamentarians.  The Honorable Said Musa has also expressed to me that since the court hearing he has also been in contact with the Honorable Finnegan.  At this point in time I have gotten no word if anything has been resolved or if they have agreed on anything, but if anybody will stand up on the government’s side on having me go back to the House, I believe it will be the Honorable Finnegan. We all know that a case was taken to court because we believe that the judiciary should have given an opinion.  That did not happen.  We respect that.  We are disappointed and we will continue looking at that aspect of it also, but in the meantime also, since I was ejected from the House there has been communication between leaders of government and leaders from our side to see if there was a way in which this could have been settled.  It has not been settled as yet but since the Speaker made his commentary I think a couple days ago, we pursued it even further and we are waiting to see if we can hold him to his word which is to find an amicable way or a civil way of going back into the House so that I can continue representing the people of Belize and specifically the people of Cayo South.  They have urgency when it’s political spending and they do supplementary appropriation and it’s done immediately.  When they have urgency and they want to pass a law they call and they read it three times in a house meeting for insignificant things.  If they have urgency to do those things then they should have an urgency to have a duly elected member of the House of Representative representing their people.  That is how I see it Jules.”

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