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Dec 11, 2018

Will the Bill Be Tabled in the House on Wednesday?

Kareem Musa

Musa hopes that the bill would be tabled for first reading as soon as possible in order to allow for the necessary preparations to take place before the referendum on April tenth. A Special Sitting of the House of Representatives will take place on Wednesday, but the likelihood that the bill would be tabled is nonexistent and that because, according to Musa, the law provides for the bill to be read at an ordinary sitting of the House of Representatives.


Kareem Musa, Area Rep, Caribbean Shores

“At the end of the day, this bill will require bipartisan support. On the last House Meeting, I took the liberty of crossing the floor and I gave the Prime Minister a cover letter in which I sought an audience with him in order to discuss this bill. I enclosed a copy of the bill because no doubt, we are going to need the support of the government side in order for this bill to pass. And so I don’t want to cause any trouble; I am just humbly requesting that this bill sees the light of day; that it makes it onto the floor, hopefully tomorrow, even though it is a special sitting, that they can treat it as an ordinary sitting for the purposes of discussing this very important bill. We are very strapped for time. As you know the referendum comes up on April the tenth, 2019 and so this is something that needs to be ventilated; we need to discuss it. If there needs to be amendments made to it, let us discuss it as one government that we want Belizeans abroad to have a say come referendum day, April tenth.”



“Have you gotten any indication from the members of the government side that they will support this bill?”


Kareem Musa

“I have not gotten…since I delivered the letter to the Prime Minister about three weeks ago; I have not gotten any response from the government side. But as I’ve previously indicated, we had discussions in the Opposition and I can say we have unanimous support from all members of the Opposition for the passage of this bill.”


Meanwhile, the Belizean Citizens Abroad says it continues our fight for the rights of Belizeans living in the diaspora.  The group acknowledges the proposed Private Bill lodged by Musa and says they are grateful for his support, leadership, and progressive thinking as well as his commitment to move the country in a forward direction where the rights of all born Belizeans are restored.

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