P.U.P. Leader Affirms Unity after Julius Espat Comments
Two-term area representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat, appeared in local media last week with pointed criticism for his own party. Espat questioned why his fellow parliamentarians are not driving the decisions of the party’s National Executive, instead of “bench players” who have gotten too comfortable fighting the incumbent administration. Espat is no stranger to controversy and his party leader was not too harsh on him when questioned about his comments on Thursday. While he pointed out that the party’s Constitution does not specify seats on the Executive for parliamentarians, after a year under his leadership the party is doing quite well.
John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader
“First of all, there is nothing in the People’s United Party’s constitution that says all parliamentarians must sit around the table. Presently, of the twelve parliamentarians, nine of them are sitting around the table. I may not agree with the way he has gone around doing it, but it is his right as a P.U.P. to present and to voice his concerns. But what we need to look at is what we have accomplished after one year of my leadership, or the leadership of the new Executive. We continue …just within a year, we had over six thousand people on the streets. I know Jules still has to learn how to count, but we had over six thousand people on the streets here in Belize City; something that the P.U.P. hasn’t done in about twenty years. It is because of the work we have done. Gaspar Vega is finished politically. John Saldivar is a lame-duck. It is the work of the P.U.P. that caused that to happen. We have been attacking the U.D.P. every step of the way – every House meeting you go, the P.U.P. wins the debates. We have been hammering them in the Belize Times, we have been hammering them on Vibes [Radio]; we have been hammering them, taking out T.V. ads, things we haven’t been doing for a very long time. And we have more press briefings and more press conferences addressing the issues, attacking the Government, showing the hypocrisy of the Government, showing where the corruption is taking place under the Government – we are doing our job, and we are on our march to Belmopan. That whenever they call the elections, I guarantee you, the next Government is going to be led by the People’s United Party, and you can take that to the bank.”
Briceño says he has no plans to change the Party’s constitution at this time.