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Nov 21, 2017

Why G.O.B. Was a No-Show for Ceremonies in City, Dangriga

Patrick Faber

Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as we had reported last Tuesday, was to have been the designated guest speaker at Sunday’s official Garifuna Settlement Day ceremony in Belize City. He had held the role for the past two years when the ceremony was held in Dangriga. But according to his deputy, he had an emergency family situation and flew out of the country on personal leave last Thursday. Naturally, it was expected that the mantle would have fallen on Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber, but after the events of Friday last and his unexpected dip in the sea, he decided to take the holiday weekend off and play observer to the activities in Dangriga and Hopkins. Today, he explained his no-show and reiterated that he is not one to disrespect either the Garinagu or other cultures as a top government official.

 

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“After the ordeal on Friday, I made a decision that I was going to just relax for the weekend; I think that is fair—I don’t think anybody can quarrel with that. I was not certain that I was on the agenda in the manner in which it turned out that I was. I thought that there was some miscommunication initially because I was Acting PM that they had expected the Prime Minister to be there, but when I verified with the Prime Minister today, he said no. He had intended to be at the Belize City one, but as you all may know by now, he had an emergency family situation and he had to leave and he made his apologies. So I really thought when I went down…I went to Hopkins by the way; I wasn’t staying in Dangriga. I did go to Dangriga on Saturday evening and Sunday evening and it was just to observe what was going on. I was not hiding from anybody or hiding from my duties as the Opposition has put it on their Facebook page. I think it is just cheap theatrics on the part of the Opposition to try to paint me as somebody who is disrespecting the Garifuna people. Listen, everybody who knows me and checks my record would see that I embrace all the cultures in this country. But the people of the south know that I don’t only go to Dangriga or to Punta Gorda when it is that they are celebrating the nineteenth of November; I am a regular at all of these events. The National Garifuna Council and the branches of the Garifuna Council in Belize in Belmopan, everywhere else that you check will tell you that we support their events, I personally support their events.”

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