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Oct 10, 2018

P.U.P. Reps Say There’s No Division in the Party

There was some straight talk on Tuesday by the P.U.P. southern caucus chair, Mike Espat, as well as from Cayo South Area Rep Julius Espat and Cayo Northeast Orlando Habet.  The area reps spoke after a meeting with the Belize Progressive Party and activists’ organizations. That encounter in Belmopan was at the invitation by the small groups looking for convergence in saying ‘NO’ to the I.C.J. in respect of the Guatemalan claim.  Today, the P.U.P. reps sent out a release attempting to dispel any notion that there is division within the party and that the meeting was an affront to Leader John Briceño. Briceño’s personal position has been one of yes to the I.C.J., but he has also said that party members can exercise a conscious vote.  The southern caucus release states, “We wish to take this opportunity to clarify and underline that as members of the People’s United Party, we freely attended in a spirit of the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. We believe that this pursuit is required of us to be the best possible representatives of our constituencies.  Our party has taken the democratic position that all members of the P.U.P. are free to vote their conscience on this national issue that transcends party politics.  We also want to dispel any and all speculations that our actions are emblematic of a division within or party or an affront to our party leader. On the contrary, we commend our Party Leader’s inclusive and democratic stance on this matter which the Belizean people will recognize as important qualities we desire for better leadership in our country.” For context, this is what was said:

 

Mike Espat

Reporter

“But Mike, shouldn’t you follow your leader, at least as a, one of…”

 

Mike Espat, Chair, P.U.P. Southern Caucus

“I am older than he you know.  I should advise him.  I should advise him and I have advised him, so nothing is wrong with that.  He either accepts it or not accept it.  So this is nothing new to me, and you know the control system we live in, that is why you keep pushing the needle because we live in a controlled political system which is bad, which is wrong, but we continue to clap and say hallelujah.”

 

Reporter

“It is expected that, certainly I believe your party leader expects it, that you will do as the party’s position says.”

 

Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

“My position has always been, I am representing the people of Cayo South and I have consulted with the people of Cayo South.  I’ve been back and forth, village for village, and overwhelmingly the people of Cayo South they stand for a no vote.”

 

The release ends with an appeal to the people to be informed on the pros and cons of taking the claim to the I.C.J.

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