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Sep 2, 2015

…In the Middle of It All Toledo West Residents Just Want Electricity

Oscar Requena

That debate, though not so personal, continued with Oscar Requeña, member for Toledo West. He had the same concerns as his colleague from Belize Rural Central – that all the beating of the collective chest in the House is all well and good, but in his area they’d really just prefer to be connected to the electricity grid.


Oscar Requeña, Area Rep., Toledo West

 “Particularly the area that I represent Mr. Speaker, Toledo West has not seen a single benefit under this takeover of government for BEL, absolutely no benefits Mr. Speaker and I want to make that absolutely clear. I challenge the PM and his government, I want them to point out to one single village in Toledo West that has seen electrification under this government Mr. Speaker. None, none, none, zero under the U.D.P. The Prime Minister by his own admission said that government has collected 14 million dollars in dividends Mr. Speaker, so I want him and his government to tell the people of Toledo West. To tell the people of Toledo, to tell the people of Belize how this is benefiting the Belizean people. At the end of the day Mr. Speaker no grandstanding no beating of the chest and shouting that you are patriotic are going to solve the problems and the misery of our people in the rural area because they lack electricity Mr. Speaker. You know we have hundreds of students going to these high schools and it is a shame today that after eight years of UDP government these students still are studying, using a lamp, having to use a flashlight and they have no access to electricity. That is the reality Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker students want to make sure that in this day and age of technology that they can have access to the internet, that they can use a computer, that they can print their work. That is what they want…so no beating of the chest to say that you are a patriot is going to benefit our people. We want to see that BEL work for the people and this is why today the people of Golden Stream, the people of Median Bank, the people of Indian Creek, San Jose, Santa Teresa and I can go on, I can list the entire list the entire list of communities, they want to heart when the UDP government is going to connect them to electricity.”


Anthony Martinez, Area Rep., Port Loyola

Anthony Martinez

 “Lot ah the thing weh they seh is not making sense Mr. Speaker, so I am saying that I support it fully and I am saying that I am benefiting and I am saying that BEL is in Port Loyola hauling out some light in Fabers road are. So I am saying, let there be light and there is light.”

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