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Jan 15, 2013

Opposition Leader visits Dean Street

Francis Fonseca

In the wake of the four brutal murders last week, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca offered the cooperation of his Party to fight crime; it was accepted in principle by the Prime Minister. Fonseca has since taken to the streets and is meeting with residents of the most affected communities. Today, News Five spoke to Fonseca about that effort and also about the proposed Commission of Inquiry requested by the Opposition to investigate alleged GSU involvement with the murders.

 

Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

“No official response from the government with respect of a commission of inquiry. I understand that there are other groups that are preparing to call on the government to do the same thing. So we will have to wait and see. On the second issue, yes, Friday evening I went into the community. We did it without cameras, it was not political; we wanted to meet with the communities. We had an opportunity to meet in one of the yards on Dean Street with about thirty family members and other members of the community. It was very useful, very positive meeting for me. It gave me an opportunity to speak very openly with the members of the community and to hear from them. So it was very useful and I look forward to going back in the community. We have agreed that there will be follow up discussions and follow up meetings and that is what we intend to do. We made it clear that I was not there to play politics; to gain any political points. What we wanted to do and what I wanted to do was to send a very clear message to the people in these communities that in fact their leaders are concerned about them; that we want to hear from them, we want to listen to them; we want to learn how we can better serve them. That was my message to them. I think it’s important for them to know that despite the difficulties they face with crime in their communities; that we are all committed to working with them to rid their communities of crime.”

 

Information from the Police Department suggests that the investigative team looking into the murders will be releasing some of its findings at the end of the week.

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4 Responses for “Opposition Leader visits Dean Street”

  1. Storm says:

    We should consider adopting the institution of the grand jury, a secret body with the power to subpoena witnesses and seize evidence, to investigate major crimes with secret testimony. When a enough secret evidence is uncovered, the grand jury can issue indictments and arrest warrants, which are then tried in court. It is a strong tool to indict international terrorists and cartel members in the States. The commission of inquiry is a weak [and sometimes politicized] institution by comparison.

  2. Rod says:

    It’s about time unu get off a unu @$$ and start doing some work for the people you need to do much more.

  3. Jamie Gonzalez says:

    It is about time the PUP get up off their bottoms and stop crying about their loss and do what they were brought together to do. they should help the people whether in power or not.

  4. Belizean Pride says:

    it nice from him to visit these areas but hopefully don’t use it for political purpose which they as representatives should take it as part of their job to do it without shouting to the world look what I’m doing let the world appraise you later, than you trying to shout it.

    Be like the father of the nation Rt G. C. Price (R.I.P) who never use his deeds to gain political name but did it with heart as part of his job he was elected to do.

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