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Feb 12, 2018

The P.U.P.’s Updated Policies and Plans

The National Convention’s primary business aside, the P.U.P. also has a lot to say about the major issues of the day. From crime to Guatemala, the party produced a number of resolutions outlining its plans and pleas to the government. Reporter Aaron Humes has more on this facet of the convention.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Speakers from across the country gave the party’s views on crime, corruption, women’s affairs, youth affairs, governance and autonomy for municipal councils.

 

Elio Pulido

Elio Pulido, P.U.P. Councilor Candidate, San Ignacio/Santa Elena

“The People’s United Party strongly condemns the complete silence, lack of leadership and failed crime-fighting strategies of the current Barrow/Faber U.D.P. government and calls upon the government to make crime-fighting a priority.”

 

Dilan Casanova

Dilan Casanova, P.U.P. Councilor Candidate, Corozal

“Be it resolved that the People’s United Party demands that the government provide timely audited reports of all statutory bodies; two, insist that the Prime Minister institute a commission of inquiry into the corruption in the Lands Department and other Ministries where there are cases of obvious wrongdoing; three, demand that the U.D.P. provide a list of all members of all statutory boards and the amount of monies given to these board members.”

 

Tanya Santos

Tanya Santos, P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate, Belmopan

“[We] demand that the present government give greater priority to reducing the gender pay gap and fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls.”

 

Malcolm Galvez

Malcolm Galvez, P.U.P. Councilor Candidate, Punta Gorda

“[We] demand that Guatemala immediately respect Belize’s rights to its part of the Sarstoon River in accordance with the 1859 Treaty between the United Kingdom and Guatemala, international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Three, demand that the government of Belize sign a protocol on the Sarstoon; and four, strongly urge the government of Belize to adopt a meaningful national approach to the Belize-Guatemala issue.”

 

Allan Pollard

Allan Pollard, P.U.P. Councilor Candidate, Belize City

“The youth of Belize demand greater involvement in the decision-making process of government, calls on the government to take appropriate steps in accordance with the U.N. world program of action for youth; to develop all national youth policies with the consultation and participation of youth organizations, urges all levels of government to address corruption as a matter of urgency.”

 

Kevin Bernard

Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

“The next People’s United Party government will pursue and promote reforms to give greater autonomy to municipal authorities and bring back confidence in the management of councils. The P.U.P. will establish public accounts committees within each council to ensure accountability and transparency of the council expenditures; ensure financial decisions that affects the municipality are made with the input and consultation of the residents of the municipality and not vetoed by the final approval of the Minister of Local Government; ensure municipalities have greater say in public safety as it relates to the work of the police, fire and other services of first responders assigned to municipalities.”

 

The party also gave a special recognition to former deputy leader and deputy Prime Minister Florencio Marin, Senior, who noted that in his tenure he was most proud to be involved in the rapid expansion of the sugar cane industry in his native Corozal and also Orange Walk.

 

Florencio Marin Sr.

Florencio Marin Sr., Recipient, Party Leader’s Special Award

“In 1974, Mr. Price privileged me with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. With the help of the government I was able as Minister to acquire lands from B.S.I. itself in certain instances and others, to give small farmers so that they can plant their sugar cane. That is a success story that nobody can erase from the history books of this country: it was the People’s United Party who spearheaded empowering cane farmers.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

The convention ended just after the stroke of six.

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