GOB discards 8th proposed amendment to constitution
The debate is heating up on the newly proposed ninth amendment to the constitution. But there is the eighth amendment which entails the controversial and dreaded preventative detention. Last Wednesday, the prime Minister told News Five that the eighth was chilling in the refrigerator, but today, Cabinet decided to send the eighth to the garbage disposal. According to a Cabinet release, it is dead. But government is bent on passage of the ninth amendment Bill and decided at its sitting to speed up public consultations, to begin as early as August tenth in Belize City. The bill is designed to disallow any court challenge to constitutional amendments and to enshrine control of B.E.L., Telemedia and BWSL in government hands. Cabinet claims that the Opposition has already launched a public campaign against the Ninth saying that its passage was a way to guarantee and safeguard the passage of the eighth, thus its withdrawal. So preventative detention is off the radar, at least, for now because according to attorneys we consulted, the withdrawal could be a ruse since the government could resurrect the eighth if the ninth is passed.