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Oct 1, 2018

P.U.P. National Executive Meets: Briceño on Principles of Social Justice

The People’s United Party held its national executive meeting at Memorial Park in Belize City. Hundreds of delegates from constituencies in the districts, travelled to join the Belize City delegates for the event on Saturday. This year, the P.U.P. celebrated its sixty-eighth birthday which was one of the reasons for the meeting. The party also used the occasion to approve resolutions on crime, youths at risks, and the controversial state of public emergency in the south side, as well as an end to government inefficiency. A fourth resolution presented by Francis Flores of Dangriga dealt with the public awareness campaign on the International Court of Justice. The party faithful also paid tribute to National Hero and Father of the Nation, George Price who passed away seven years ago on September nineteenth. As such, party members from across the country received the George Price Service to the People Award. Since Price’s leadership, Said Musa and Francis Fonseca have rendered service to the grand old party as leader. And on Saturday, John Briceño, the current leader, recommitted to Price’s legacy to the principles of social justice. Briceño also spoke of the road ahead:

 

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

 

“And I can tell you that as long as I am the leader of this party, we are going to ensure that we work for the poor people first. We are going to ensure that we can create opportunities for our children can go to school. We are going to make sure that our farmers can get their land to work. We are going to make sure that when our farmers grow their produce, we are going to ensure that nobody can import what they are growing in Belize. We need to eat what we grow and we have to grow what we eat and that is going to happen under a government of the People’s United Party. And yes, I want to make this very, very clear—and I know that’s what the U.D.P. di get very frighten and desperate—we are going to put an end to corruption. Those millions of dollars that have been stolen by the U.D.P.—the very same people who said they’re going to put an end to corruption; the very same man weh say ih wah tek out wah machete and cut on two side; the very same man weh seh the minute he smell the stench of corruption, he is going to do something about it. Ih noh take out the machete. We are going to pass the laws; laws that are going to go after them and who broke the law and who stole from the people of this country, they are going to have their day of reckoning. And if they are found guilty, ladies and gentlemen, they are going to go to jail.”

 

Francis Flores

Francis Flores, Delegate, Dangriga Constituency

“Now therefore be it resolved that the P.U.P. will use its pledge to be in the forefront of the defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belize against Guatemala in order to ensure that the national interest is fully protected and that Belize’s just cause is advanced in the international community. Demands that Guatemala immediately respect Belize’s right to its part of the Sarstoon River in accordance with the 1859 Treaty between the United Kingdom and Guatemala and international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity and stops its citizens from illegally crossing into Belizean territory. Demands that the Government of Belize signs a protocol on the Sarstoon. Demands that Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington be removed as spokesperson on this issue. Calls on the top command of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Police Department to immediately cease and desist from making any further public comments and politicizing their office and reaffirm their commitment to honor their constitutional roles to remain above the political fray. Strongly urges the Government of Belize to ensure an objective and well-managed I.C.J. education campaign. Urges all Belizeans to learn the facts and be fully informed about the pros and cons of submitting the Guatemalan claim to the I.C.J. for final settlement in order for everyone to participate fully in the tenth April referendum.”

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