Deputy P.M. Says Dangriga U.D.P. not Fractured Despite Fight
Dangriga area representative Frank “Papa” Mena appears to have internal turmoil in his camp. A meeting last week descended into reported chaos following charges by the Minister of State of one of his assistants, the constituency chairman Clifford Peters, trying to make him “look bad” and insinuating that there was a plot to blow up his house in town. When a couple of Mena’s followers went after Peters, also known as “Boss P,” a chair and reportedly a gun were introduced, according to the Opposition’s newspaper the Belize Times. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was there as part of a countrywide tour to mend fences following his win as deputy party leader last year, where Mena supported his rival John Saldivar. Today, Faber told reporters that while there was an altercation, no gun was introduced and things have been smoothed over.
Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister
“I am on a tour that sees me visit with our constituencies; it is party business, so in these meetings there are all U.D.P. family members. And yes, there was a little bit of hard talking – I take very serious umbrage to the people, especially the Belize Times, who continues to say that there was gunplay. No such thing happened; there was a disagreement but it was within the confines of a private meeting and I think they have blown it way out of proportion. The U.D.P. continues to be a very democratic party and we look forward to making sure that the party is fighting fit for whenever we are called upon to do so; we are thinking, though, that the most likely next time for demonstration of our machinery – and Dangriga will be no exception – will be for the municipal elections of March seventh of next year.”