Will new P.U.P. senator and Lisa Shoman buck heads on UNIBAM issue?
On Wednesday, News Five reported on the appointment of two new P.U.P. Senators. According to Party Leader Francis Fonseca, the official notification has been sent to Governor-General Sir Colville Young. The official announcement was made today at P.U.P. headquarters, and we’ll have that for you shortly. But first, we look at one potential future landmine raised by one of the appointments. The issue is homosexual rights, or as detractors say to describe everything homosexual – UNIBAM. New Senate appointee, Patrick Andrews, has been one of the most vehement anti-UNIBAM voices in Belize. Lead opposition senator is Lisa Shoman, who is contrarily one of the most vehement pro-UNIBAM voices. The UNIBAM issue is currently held up in the Supreme Court, but it is hotly debated every day in the figurative streets, and there is little doubt it will end up in the House and Senate. So how will the two very opposing Senators from the same side deal with that very volatile matter? Today News Five asked Andrews for a comment.
Patrick Andrews, New PUP Senator
“One of the things that I am happy to say with the PUPs is that there is always dialogue. At the end of the day when we go to the Senate we are not representing only our ideologies and views. Of course we are always guided by our principles and Patrick Andrews must always be guided by his principles and his values. But I believe in the Party Leader and I believe that the Party Leader listens to this country and at the end of the day the Party Leader will make decisions in the best interests of the country, respecting the will and the majority of this country.”
“However, looking at the UNIBAM issue squarely…the PUP leader in the Senate is in support of UNIBAM. You as her junior are not in support of UNIBAM.”
“Can’t we see what a wonderful democracy we live in for the Party Leader to understand…listen…the Party Leader knows my position as does the leader of the Senate…but at the end of the day we are serving on behalf of the leader of the PUP and at the end of the day the Party Leader makes decisions on behalf of the will of the people of this country. So I don’t foresee any problems. It’s going to be a wonderful journey. I’m looking forward to working with the leader of the Senate. I believe that there is much I can learn from her. I’ve always admired her work and her ability to articulate certain issues and so I look forward to working with her.”