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May 14, 2015

Squatters Say They Voted for King in Last General Elections

Politicians through the ages have maintained the tradition of categorizing anyone who questions, criticizes or dares to oppose them as supporting the other Party. As we showed you earlier in our newscast, Mark King had a lot to say in his interview on Wednesday, and where throwing accusations of political affiliation is concerned, he was no exception. He claims that the situation in the Gungulung area is politically motivated. Today two of the so-called squatters, who coincidentally vote in Lake Independence, had a response for King.


Mark King, Area Rep., Lake Independence

“I believe this situation is strictly political and politically motivated as the lady Miss Cardova, who made the accusations, has been seen with Cordel many times; has been seen lodging this case with Audrey Matura.”


Candy Garbutt

Candy Garbutt, Resident

“This is not in no way in any kinda way politically based. No one from no P.U.P. is giving us any money for anything. Me, personally, would never put my face on nationally TV for the benefit of a political party because none of them give me anything. I have six kids and I have my house and everything and none of them gave me a nail towards anything. So I could never be out here because the P.U.P. set me up to do it. I would never do that. So I don’t know what Mister King is talking about; he needs to get some information right because it is wrong what he is saying. And the next thing, I really want Mister King to tell me what’s the difference between me, a born Belizean Lake I citizen, and those born Belizean Lake I citizens that he is talking about; that he wants to remove us to put them on it? I want to know what is the difference between me and them. Are they a part of the group that they are not normal citizens in Belize?”


Bernarda Rivera

Bernarda Rivera, Resident

“This has nothing to do politically. Cordel Hyde has met with us a few times, yes, concerning this land issues. So I guess that by him trying to reach out to the people we are one of them. As a group, we are fighting for our piece of land that we are now living on that was promised to us by the minister, Mark King. For the record, we were moved and relocated to this present location by Minister King, natural resources with the assistance of CISCO, as well. I can recall my first registration was in the Collet division with Minister Patrick Faber personally taking me in to register as one of his supporters. When Minister King came in, that was when he personally took me to transfer to Lake Independence about two years ago. So for the record, most of the so-called aliens, my family and friends I have known are U.D.P. supporters and have been voting U.D.P. in this country. I have attended committee meetings; I have worked with councillor Edwards in the last city council elections; that speaks for itself. I just don’t agree with what the minister is doing with the people in the Gungulung area. I believe that we believe better. I am appealing to the prime minister to please address this situation. We are confident that he will have compassion and solve this problem. We are not politically going into no direction as claimed. We just need some assistance. That’s all we need.”


Earlier this week News Five spoke to at least fifteen of the residents of the extension which is threatened. Without exception, all confirmed that they are voters, and all of them claimed that they supported King in the last elections.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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