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Feb 21, 2011

Mark King no longer mad; U.D.P. allows him in convention

Earlier we told you about Leonard Chavarria’s woes with the P.U.P.; on the other side of the political fence, Mark King was home safe. You will remember him as the whistle blower against Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya, and more recently, he took a swipe against the UDP for rejecting his application to run as standard bearer in the Lake Independence constituency for the next General Elections.  But on Saturday there was a change of heart by the U.D.P.’s Central Executive, which has now reversed its decision against the former U.D.P. Councilor.  When he met with the media in front of the U.D.P. Headquarters today, he didn’t only admit that he was wrong for his actions in the past; King said mea culpa.

Mark King, Granted Permission to Run for U.D.P.

Mark King

“To a large extent, it was my fault that I was fighting with my own party.  I was approaching my party the wrong way and that I had to come to realize that I had made some very unlikeable and disrespectful comments and actions on my party.  In regards to the City Council, I got elected on a platform of accountability and transparency, Marion.  Yes, I am sorry the way I approached the issue, but at the same time, I think I still would have brought the issue to the forefront, just in a different way, in a more milder way, so it wouldn’t look as if though I am fighting with my party, and I think that is the thing here.  I think I have to control that be more respectful to my party colleagues, and at the end of the day, as long as I can balance both of those—I don’t think I have done anything bad in terms of standing up for Belizeans.  That is what I stand for.  I have totally accepted my responsibility that I was wrong and I’m willing to put that behind me now and move on.  I come with new hopes and new motivation and great respect for my party and its members and I’ve been able to convince them of that because it is truly what I mean, to move on with this party and support its principles and its platform of accountability and transparency.  So with that in mind, I think they have said that they will allow me to run.”

Marion Ali

“You’ve also been recorded in the House of having outbursts.  Now that you’re seeking public office, how can you assure John Public that’s going to cast their votes for you that this is not going to repeat itself?”

Mark King

“Marion I wouldn’t fully agree with you. Well, on the part of being militant to my party and disrespectful, I can assure the public or my party that that would not happen, but I can’t say that I would not fight for the democratic freedom of Belizeans.  When I stood in the House of Representatives—there’s only two times I stood up for this country—one is in the House of Representatives, and Marion if you really look at that closely, that was when the super bond was being passed.  And this present government and all governments after this will be crying about that super bond, which me, your kids and their kids will have to be paying back.  So it was a symbol of patriotism, Marion. It wasn’t a symbol of violence; it wasn’t a symbol of anger.”

Marion Ali

“Ok but it wasn’t effective, the super bond issue was still passed.”

Mark King

“Of course it wasn’t effective, but imagine it was more than just me standing up on that rail.  Imagine there was just more than that to it and Belizeans joined in with me.  And that is where it starts, somebody has to lead the charge for Belizeans.”

So then, Mark King is now allowed to run for convention for the U.D.P. in the Lake I division where he will be facing other aspirants from his party.  But will he get the support of Mayor Zenaida Moya Flowers whom he so bitterly criticized three years ago?

Mark King

“I don’t think I need Mayor Moya’s support at all.  I think if she wants to support me I think I am welcoming that thought.  However, I have no contact with her, after the last City Council election that was it.  I haven’t even seen the Mayor to say speak to her or anything.  In terms of that, I have been doing my groundwork in my constituency which I wish to go in and I have been trying to bring myself together to present myself to the party to say you know what, you still have a good candidate here and Lake Independence is going to see one of the best standard bearers bringing it home to the U.D.P.

Marion Ali

“You seem pretty confident—“best standard bearer” meaning, tell us who you’re going up against and, well you’re not going to share your game plan how you’re going to ensure you become the standard bearer.”

Mark King

“I don’t mind sharing a piece with you.  I am confident because I know what I am capable of.  I am somebody, when I get pan the ground I could basically she dah wah pack bread and wah can ah sausage with water bottle eena mi back pocket and I wah deh eena people house night and day.  At the end of the day the objective is to bring home Lake Independence for the United Democratic Party and I believe I can seal that deal come the next general election.”

Marion Ali

“But also at the end of the day your party is known to have its own favorites going these kinds of conventions.  Do you feel you have the backing of your party?”

Mark King

“Of course Marion, if I didn’t feel I had the backing and support of many of the colleagues in my party there is no way I would have jumped out there and go for it.”

Marion Ali

“Despite the fact that they were denying you that opportunity?”

Mark King

“Despite the fact Marion, like I said, it was never that my party didn’t want me to run, it was that I have been undesirably disrespectful at times, it was that I have fought the fight from the wrong approach and that I have come to realize now that I need to turn that around and go back to where I first started and that will bring me back to good tidings with my party.”

Still on the U.D.P., Lee Mark Chang was endorsed on Sunday as the U.D.P. Standard Bearer for the Freetown division, which is currently being represented by Francis Fonseca of the P.U.P.

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10 Responses for “Mark King no longer mad; U.D.P. allows him in convention”

  1. Rebel says:

    Mea culpa?…haha…what a sore sour puss. I think all the mayor should say or rather do, is recite her popular ‘no cojones’ tirade for this idiot as well. UDP have no change fu change. We no want no Mark Wild wild west King da Lake I. Big up Cordel!

  2. lucas says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing about this SUPRBOND thing. FOOL DI TALK BUT DA NO FOOL DA LISTEN. We all know that this superbond was served by the p.u.p. but was not cook by them only. It was a recipe prepared by the SO CALLED DOCTOR MANUEL ESQUIVEL and cooked by P.U.D.P. then the p.u.p. was left to serve it. Now with all this lawyers expense, Barrow is preparing the dessert and who you think will be left to serve it?. My father used to say: the cat is castrated once, twice the rabbit and the fool trice. So u.d.p., stop your fool with this superbond thing.

  3. MACAL RIVERA says:

    THIS IS WHAT YOU CALLED DEMOCRACY !! GO DEH MARK KING, YOU ARE THE MAN,
    NO MESS UP THIS TIME OK, I WILL SURELY VOTE FOR YOU, WE NEED NEW FACES, TIRED OF CORDEL AND MARK ESPAT!!! TOO LONG IN ONE PLACE GET YOU SOUR AND LAZY.

  4. Belizean Vibes says:

    HEY ALL, LETS PUT POLITICS A WHILE, MARK KING IS A TRUE BELIZEAN HE FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY IN THE BDF AS A HIGH RANKING OFFICER, HE HOLDS 2 COMMISSIONS FOR HIS COUNTRY AND HE IS A LOYAL POLITICIAN WHO LOOKS OUT FOR THE BEST BELIZEANS INTEREST, WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM AND MARK U GOT MY FULL SUPPORT FOR YOUR CONVENTION, SO LETS BRING THIS HOME BRO. LOVE U MARK KING

  5. SENATOR says:

    Hi everyone, Mark is one of the people who really cares about belizeans, when he stood up when the superbond was being passed no everyone called him crazy now we all have to pay it bak then we tierd of hearing super bond well guess wat we will be paying it for very long. He also looked out for us in the city council when our tax paying dollars was going missing,. To not support this man is a crime and a disrespectful thing. It is politicians like him we need and I am from Lake I so
    Bring it Mr. King We Love u and will Vote for you anytime, Keep it up !!

  6. belizean Patriot says:

    Hi All

    Mark King has shown us how to stand up for Belize. He goes out on a limb with his own party to keep then to their promises and was punished for it. We need more people like him in politics that will stand up for democracy. Mark we love u seem u have been given an award by god to go serve ur belizeans, they need u and u will do well. Go out and work hard and win u got our support.
    Lake I resident

  7. Earl Grey says:

    POLITICS MAKES (as they say)………STRANGE BED-FELLOWS.

  8. revolution_is_a_foot says:

    One man stood and said no……two people stand up and say no….
    three people stand up and now “no more” is heard…
    four people stand up….five….six….
    a revolution is a foot my people….
    the lazy is will suffer from their own lack of motivation
    the liars will fall victim to their own traps
    and those who sought to destroy this country will feel have a placed reserved for them in dante’s inferno…

  9. louisville,ky says:

    Lucas, why don’t you want to hear about the super bond? Are you lucas one of the konkas that benefited from all that money that went missing like ‘sammy mouth’?
    You think pretending that it does not exist will make it go away? You know what, your attitude convinces me that you are part and parcel of this huge financial burden that has been strapped on the backs of Belizeans for generations to come. 1 billion dollars in foreign debt, and what do we have to show for it? Zero..nothing…nada…niekat!! And now, You noh wah yer ?? somebady shudda mi gahn da jail.

  10. gopl says:

    Dont apologize when u know ur right my friend!!! i dont remember Cordel apologizing to Musa after criticising Musa’s corrupt administration. Wake up. people of Lake I. this dude is just another UDP with a meaningless and visionless agenda!! Cordel all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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