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Nov 7, 2013

Tables turn for Senator Godwin Hulse

Lisa Shoman

And with that out of the way, the last two speakers were leader of government business Godwin Hulse and Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman. It was an unenviable position for Senator Hulse. He once fought for motions like the one being debated, and he is considered one of the champions of the SSB Senate Inquiry. But now the tables have turned and he is a government Senator, and apparently a champion of other, more politically driven hard lines. Senator Shoman remained adamant that it was the duty of the Senate to investigate the atrocities of the Immigration Scandal. But Hulse says all that is well and good…but now is not the time. Here are the highlights of the extended debate between Shoman and Hulse.

 

Lisa Shoman, Opposition Senator

“I don’t know about anybody else, but I can tell you about Lisa Shoman. I do not intend that any history book in the future says that faced with…I’ll borrow my friends word…faced with the atrocities that have been revealed in the media…faced with the atrocities of irregularities of which we still don’t know the details which alone makes it an atrocity…that we don’t know the extent – that faced with them we sat back and did nothing.”

 

Godwin Hulse, Leader of Government Business

Godwin Hulse

“In this particular case the Department of Immigration is a government department…it’s not a statutory body. And therefore no private auditor or other group can go in there to audit over the Auditor-General. Yes, the Senate may be disappointed with the Auditor-General’s report or his failure to and then may summon him to find out what was the reason. But until such time, he or she….and in this case it is she…must be given the opportunity to complete the exercise.”

 

Lisa Shoman

“My friends have made much of the Auditor-General and the Auditor-General reports and her functions and her responsibilities and not one word of what they said is untrue in terms of responsibilities, functions and law. But I will tell you one thing Mr. President…the Auditor-General is not a horse, and this is not the cart. The Senate is not the cart of the Auditor-General’s horse. Mek we get that clear.”

 

Godwin Hulse

“The Senate could (d) institute and conduct inquiries and investigations on any matter of public interest or importance including inquiries on mismanagement or corruption by persons in central government or public statutory bodies…and it will. When it gets the Auditor-General’s report it could send for anybody…convene a thing and you think at that time I will stand here and say no? And it says two (e) receive and review and report on annual reports of the Auditor-General or other reports. This is not an annual report, this is another report….and to institute and conduct inquiries, investigations and hearings in relation thereto and that is the step that we await. And that is when the Senate will spring into action…not now.”

 

Lisa Shoman

“I still have that hope…I still have that infinite hope that I will persuade members to join us. I still have that hope that the six of you sitting there appointed by the government will join the three social partner senators and the three senators appointed by the leader of the opposition. I invite you to join us to take up your responsibility…to take up your powers and functions as set up by the supreme law of the land which is the Constitution.”

 

The senate session continued well after six o’clock and we’ll have all the memorable moments later in the newscast.

 

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7 Responses for “Tables turn for Senator Godwin Hulse”

  1. beano for Hulse says:

    Hulse should have recused himself as a matter of transparency.

    The fact that he has not pretty much damns him.

  2. Retired CEO says:

    Hulse, speaks with fork tongue!

  3. ceo says:

    I had much respect for Hulse and company before this mess started. Godwin you are just the lead clown in this circus. The Belizean people are not stupid as you and your guys are treating us. By the way I do not support any party and does not believe in party politics. I do not care who does a good job what I care about is that a good job is done.

  4. Paul Perriott says:

    he is towing the political line and not that of a true Belizean he once championed. It is clear what can and should be done, yet he is recusing himself from his rightful responsibility. The days are gone when we could have seen the true Belizean spirit coming out of him. STAND DOWN SENATOR AND LET THE SENATE TAKE THE ACTION NEEDED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ATROCITY!!!

    Paul Perriott

  5. rasidian says:

    What do we expect from Hulse, after all Barrow was advicing him back then when he was fighting for good governance. His elevation to Senator and Minster is pay back and that is what Barrow keep reminding Hulse.

  6. Concern says:

    Hulsie love the money he is collecting as minister, and driving around in fancy vehicle at our expense. He has sold himself cheap, cheap by supporting corruption. No minister can investigate his own ministry or himself, and this can’t be the same man who just a few years ago talk so eloquently about transparency, and the senate. If you have at leant a tine tiny shred or integrity left, just make the office smell you bum and you run through the door. Don’t walk out, run! We might feel sorry for you and give you back some integrity. lol

  7. sickntired says:

    I no which gost feel unu mek unu tink hulse eva had any integrity just cause him wear necktie and use big words. Anybody weh really mi know he know that he da neva notin good. He just kiss ass till he get his big payday.

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