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Sep 16, 2014

Coalition of Garifuna Organizations Chart Way Forward

Gilbert Swaso

According to Swaso, the ordeal has galvanized the wider Garifuna community. Efforts are currently underway to explore all avenues pertaining to the matter, including legal options in light of what has transpired with CIBC FirstCaribbean.


Gilbert Swaso, Dangriga Mayor

“What is important from here, from henceforth because we identified that there is more work that needs to be done.  So as a group, since we also realize that there were several different groups and individual organizations and individuals who were speaking for and on behalf of Garifuna interests.  So we deemed it necessary to sort of forge this coalition with sort of a view to speak with one voice as much as possible.  So yes, I am of the view that it is something that we need to do so we are looking at the education aspect, we are looking at the sociopolitical and economic aspects and certainly we also have to look at the legal issues that are involved with this specific issue.  So as a group we are looking to forge a way forward in a positive [direction] in a better and for the good of the Garifuna community.”


News Five spoke with FirstCaribbean’s Country Manager, Glen Smith, today and he reiterated that Roxan Bowen has not been suspended from her duties with the bank.

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1 Response for “Coalition of Garifuna Organizations Chart Way Forward”

  1. Simon says:

    Mayor Swaso has made a crucial point when he stated that a coalition should be forged through the unification of the voices of the Garinagu people; because, the top managers and’ power strikers’ at the financial institution and their legal partners will only be more attentive to organized socialist groups in concert for the common good of the people. Language is the vital essence that vocally animates and directs the development of cultures through facets of communication mediums, and it should be preserved for its gradual passage through generations. Tactically, entering into a legal battle with a mega-cooperation like the bank requires a tightly knit arsenal of cultural bonding. This is the time for the indigenous people, ethnic groups and Belizeans as a whole, such as the Mayans and Creoles, to join forces with the Garinagu people to combat social injustice that has seemingly been orchestrated against the social, economic and socio-political advancement of the nation’s people.

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