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Mar 13, 2012

Senator Hulse, now Minister; will he conform?

Godwin Hulse

According to the prime minister, the four senators are U.D.P.s. Senator Charles Gibson was selected to be Minister of Public Service and Elections and Boundaries. Gibson is a career public officer and is well known in the Capital. But more so, the fourth senator appointed as minister is well known farmer, orator, and independent thinker, Godwin Hulse. Hulse’s views at times have opposed both political parties and government dogma. Hulse has always been respected as the Senator for Business and he even found himself at odds with the 2008 to 2012 Barrow administration, which featured him and the president of the Chamber of Commerce as foes in an advertisement last year. News Five asked Hulse if he would continue be the person that goes against the grain of popular opinion as he retains the title of Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and NEMO.

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and NEMO

“I started out not moving across to the party. I started out in mind and in concept moving into the government. Remember constitutionally, we are government appointed senators and we work on behalf of the government of Belize. The U.D.P. happens to have won election; fortunately, we represent them in government and we will do it. But that was not the big consideration. The big consideration was how could I or should I accept this appointment to be able to make serious contribution to particularly good governance and to try to lift the nation to that level that I have always advocated. And I thought that this was an opportunity to do it. And so I accepted the appointment and also in consultation with my close friends and family who all gave me the value of their wisdom.”

Jose Sanchez

“Now I know people will be happy to know that you are with NEMO nonetheless, however, you are independent—you have always been one when it comes to your opinions. Even as the senator for business, you have gone against the grain. And now as a minister, you go against the grain, you get kicked; you get sent across the floor. Are you still going to be the same fierce independent speaker or like some new senator ministers who intend to just go with what the party says? Will you still be you?”

Godwin Hulse

“I will still be me and all the time be me. What you will see or maybe don’t see because Cabinet deliberations are secret and private of course; that’s where the arguments and deliberations will be made and when I get out there what I say is what I mean.”

Jose Sanchez

“Something near and dear to some of the NGO community is the thirteenth senator. Is that something that you had an opinion on? Would you go or against another move to having a thirteenth senator?”

Godwin Hulse

“When you know I have always been going for an elected senate—I’ve always believe that that is the way to go; I still believe that is the way to go. The structure that we have which was constitutionally adopted is to have this presence in it that we have, so we are working with this. It is not to say that I have lost that vision of someday having an elected senate. I have a clear vision and a clear idea of how that would have happened. I believe it would have given a stronger support to the senate. The thirteenth senator; I never completely supported that idea in the first place but it is a constitutional requirement and I would hope that at some stage the Prime Minister would consider it as we move along. I’d like to thank the government, thank the Prime Minister, thank the people of Belize for their support and I would like to assure them that this ministry that I am running and this senate that I am in charge of will absolutely run to the best of my ability and impeccability will be our mantra; no two ways about that.”

We’ll have more on the appointments later in the newscast.

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8 Responses for “Senator Hulse, now Minister; will he conform?”

  1. Rebel says:

    Dis man is a shame. He will be ousted shortly. He stands for nothing.

  2. Pelican says:

    PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Worker Man says:

    @ Rebel
    U da jokes. Maybe saying Hulse stands for nothing is a bit harsh, but honestly I some times think di man kinda confused, kinda like a lost soul.

  4. Initiate! says:

    If you will look carefully, politics in Belize is being raised to a whole new better level. Take note old school politicians!

  5. Mr. Concerned says:

    I like mr. hulse but being partisan is whole new deception to the entire nation. how can you not go along with the cabinet you serve now? PEOPLE WILL NOT TRUST YOU

  6. Pontius Pilate says:

    Hulse is the other ACB member that will soon be in the spot light. The list goes on. Remember the Boss at SSB? Godwin desires to save Barrow from the wrought of the people. But time will tell.

  7. worker says:

    Never trusted this man sabelo todo..He is a fake.Rebel is right he is confused and lost.Now he will not be against anything and agree to everything.He will choke himself with his tie and brake his shoulder with his laptop,

  8. Jessejames says:

    Mr Hulse is a very outspoken person. Congratulations. I think Mr. Barrow did well in his selection.

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