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Sep 2, 2011

Dem ah Talk ‘bout 9th Amendment, more from Orange Walk Consultation

Francine Burns

The most recent hearing on the Belize Constitution (Ninth Amendment Bill) took place in Orange Walk on Wednesday night. The exchanges and passion of the public was very clear and though both parties brought out their supporters, the event was much more respectful than the first consultation at Holy Redeemer Parish Hall.  The event went on for hours, here’s more of Orange Walk’s town hall consultation.

Francine Burns

“Tonight I am here to pledge my full support for the ninth amendment bill. I believe that it is our national desire to own our public utilities and for such ownership to be kept in our capable hands; the people of Belize. As it stands, I am in absolute agreement with ninth amendment.”

Orlando Burns

Orlando Burns

“I can stand here confidently and tell you that the majority of the people in the Orange Walk East and myself, we fully support the ninth amendment. “

Marco Mendez

“With respect to the second section of our constitution; if those changes that you are saying are passed, to me it only means that we are going to have parliamentary supremacy. And having parliamentary supremacy means that we shall have a potential dictatorship and of course a potential dictator.”

Orange Walkeno

“The profitability of B.T.L.; so far I haven’t seen any benefits towards me as a Belizean—my rates have not been reduced, those profits have not been invested to strengthen our police department to reduce crime, those profits have not been used to strengthen our heath care system.”

Patrick Faber

“Sir, a previous presenter made that same point and I gave an answer. If you continue along that path, you will force me to have to give that answer again. So please, proceed with your argument, but don’t bring up things that we have already addressed.  Let’s go. Please proceed.”

Orange Walkeno

“The real reason why I cannot support this amendment is because it gives absolute power to the government. Also another reason, under section 143 subsection B, this law is absolutely too broad in saying that the government can come in and take over any single entity which they consider a public utility provider.”

Daniel Chavez

Daniel Chavez

“What this country so desperately needs is  a change in government and not a change to our constitution; therefore I say no to nine.”

Orange Walkeno

Orange Walkeno

“My main concern is can we afford nationalization? Are we as a country, as a people, are we ready for nationalization? The reason I say this Mister Chairman is that earlier this year, Standard and Poors ranked Belize ninth in the list of countries least likely to pay their debts. They gave Belize a B-minus which is one of the lowest rates a country can get. Mister Chairman, according to their financial analyst, they said that this classification could even deteriorate even further due to the fact that we have not even paid for B.T.L. and now for the takeover of B.E.L. And adding to that, the profits foregone from 2009 up to date, is about twenty million dollars that we have gotten. So let’s add that to the public debt.”

Dario Rosado

Dario Rosado

“I also acknowledge that the U.D.P.  have a majority in the House of Representatives, but what I did not imagine was the possibility that one day this government would attempt to remove supremacy of the constitution. Mister Chairman, if we are serious about nationalization, let’s make government ownership a hundred percent or is the fifty-one percent a sham to sell shares to preferred family and friends of this government? And since you are introducing a new part to the constitution, why don’t you include a clause that says the only way to amend this part is if all members of the house agree on its final reading. This will be enshrining the public utilities in the hands of Belizeans and not what you are all proposing. Mister Chairman in conclusion, the proposed amendment needs some more trimming. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and any land that is inconsistent with it is void. Leave section 2 of my constitution as it is. I, Dario Rosado, and on behalf of my family say no to nine.”

Leon Palacio

Leon Palacio

“We can make a lot of noise right now for whichever party that we want. But ten years from now if we have nothing, is the noise important? Was it worth it? I say we stand up and look for our stuff: our land, our utilities, our buildings, our everything; our Belize. Our Belize; if we can establish this as our country—no matter about the color of the party—we can have Belize to be free and good enough for us.”

Most agree that there was overwhelming rejection of the ninth in Orange Walk. The next stop is in Dangriga next Wednesday.

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3 Responses for “Dem ah Talk ‘bout 9th Amendment, more from Orange Walk Consultation”

  1. Milo paz says:

    Today after the government has made the decition to cancel the consultation process by not consulting with the people of San Pedro Town makes me a Belizean that has no rights for sure,when San Pedro is always mention to be one of the most important town when it comes to the creation of jobs in the tourism industry and the fastest growing town in this country, I am offended and will make sure the government get our meeage that in all fairness we are Belizeans and we need to put our point across, by having a government that now only looks to cut short the consultation so they get their way is being a dictator government and we will not stand for that,

    Power to the people and no to the 9 amendment!!!!!!!

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    The leader of a country meeting with gang leaders i have never herd of this in all my life,how could the Prime minister of our country stoop so low? what are he trying to proof to these street murderers. what a disgrace these ………….. are feeling mighty high.but i just want to say one thing i believe it’s political.

  3. jump street says:

    people tek dem money and don do what dem politrician tell u to say………….dont be a fool and regret it later on….think now…. dont need to have degrees to understand ….common sense……this is what barrow noh have…..

    i made a mistake voting for this idiot – he is bad for Belize. he is self centered and thinks onkly of himself and his family and friends..he should go…..i will never vote again…..politicians use the people to get in power and do as they please. and dont listen to the people any at all…..wonder why crime is out of control and persecution because barrow and his gang is not worried about that he has his eyes set on getting the elizabeths…….one day he will have to give them back…Gahdafi and them other dictators, saddam, look what happen to them…..one day the people of Belize will wise up…

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