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Jun 2, 2017

After Drama, B.P.P. Wants “Tangible Results” from Senate Inquiry

We also asked Chairman Smith to comment on the May seventeenth showdown between supporters of the Belizeans Against Courtenay movement, particularly House macebearer Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett, and the press, resulting in his being temporarily banned from the proceedings. He now faces sanction from the National Assembly Staff Committee and his own party, the U.D.P. Smith condemned Yellow Man’s and B.A.C.’s actions as showing disrespect for governance and their own positions. He added that despite attempts to end it prematurely, the inquiry must continue until all that is to be revealed is revealed and persons are held responsible for their actions.

 

Paco Smith

Paco Smith, Chairman, Belize Progressive Party

“Definitely the B.P.P. sees the actions that were undertaken a few weeks ago as being irresponsible and definitely not along the lines of what we expect from our officials whether elected or not. We definitely frown upon that. And apart from being a blatant attack on the press, it is also a blatant attack on our governance. We have to hold individuals who have positions of authority to a higher level, to a higher degree of scrutiny, and we would not expect that type of behaviour or we would not tolerate that type of behaviour from a normal citizen such as myself, but when it comes to individuals who have certain responsibilities they have to be held accountable. So fundamentally, if you find that nothing comes of it, we wouldn’t be surprised; but we definitely will not countenance that type of behaviour, nor the lack of response if that is the course that is taken.  That which happens in the dark must eventually come to light and with regards to the Senate Select [Committee] hearing that is taking place, definitely, if there is more to be said, then it must be heard. It will do no one any good to short-change the process. But in keeping with the fundamental philosophy of the B.P.P., we are always looking toward progressive solutions, and in fact, with regard to the process – and again, this should be part and parcel of a process – let it run its course; but what we really want to see is that something tangible will come out of these Senate hearings. What that particularly will be, no one can say at this time; but in keeping with the basic tenets of good governance practices and principles, we do want to see accountability to feature as one of the major outcomes of this Committee hearing.”

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