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Jun 13, 2017

“Yellow Man” Reprimanded, But Keeps His Job

Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett

A majority of members of the National Assembly Staff Committee voted on Friday during a meeting to reprimand, rather than suspend or remove, House of Representatives Sergeant-At-Arms Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett for his attacks on media personnel inside the National Assembly during the public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee on May seventeenth. Audinett was warned both verbally and in writing that his actions would not be tolerated. Under the eye of National Assembly Clerk Eddie Webster, he was made to apologize to KREM Radio/Television News Editor, Marisol Amaya and Plus TV cameraman Cirilo Choco. He will also be expected to apologize to Channel Seven News cameraman Dennis Ellis. Both Speaker of the House Laura Longsworth, who chairs the Committee, and opposition representative Florencio Marin Junior felt his actions warranted dismissal, but the majority – Senate President Lee Mark Chang; former Speaker and Senator Michael Peyrefitte; Government parliamentarians and Ministers Patrick Faber and John Saldivar and staff member of the National Assembly Eudice Gibson – overruled them. The Speaker detailed what happened in speaking with News Five this afternoon.

 

Laura Longsworth

On the Phone: Laura Longsworth, Speaker of the House

“As Speaker of the National Assembly, I chaired the meeting; and we reviewed all options, we reviewed the scenarios and all expressed views and concerns about the acts that occurred in the House; and there was extensive discussion. However, it went to a vote and based on the vote, the majority voted to reprimand the Macebearer and to have him apologize to the three reporters who had made reports to police about him but had not pressed any charges.”

 

Reporter

“So that is a formal reprimand, it goes into his file, so to speak?”

 

On the Phone: Laura Longsworth

“Yes, it goes into his file. As far as I know – I’m a new Speaker so this is the first I am dealing with; I hadn’t heard reference to any other apart from some other issues that came up but had nothing to do with this matter; and of course he was not only reprimanded but warned that in the event anything like this happens again, the entire Committee will vote against him.”

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2 Responses for ““Yellow Man” Reprimanded, But Keeps His Job”

  1. Jorge says:

    ok so take back penner for the interrogations, i feel that the interruptions were premeditated and planned.

  2. USELESS says:

    So…what your saying is…if a miscreant like Yellow can’t face consequences for behavior that CLEARLY goes against the post he represent…Then we as Belizeans are really truly absolutely F}#^><€*!!!!!!!
    Justice & Integrity in this country is quickly becoming figments of our imagination. I had…we had higher hopes for you madam speaker. I sensed from when PM Barrow publicly stated that the vileness and viciousness of this waste of taxpayers macebearer should be forgiven that you would follow suit.
    Unbelievable! What are we teaching our children? Belize will forever be party first! Let's just tell our children to drop out of school from now and start leeching on the nearest politician or politician son from now! You may have better luck then to be a macebeaarer, head of the free zone, control the airport, be a senator, or a director of the Press Office. sad. This country is just SAD!!!!

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