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Oct 6, 2015

COLA Refutes Speculation on Political Affiliation

Geovanni Brackett

As we’ve mentioned, COLA insists that it is not politically aligned with any of the mass parties; it is nonetheless, a question that continues to rear its head in the media. 


Geovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“If you notice we have never sat in any political party when they have their press conference, not even the BPP to endorse anybody because we are not here to endorse a political party and the leader or the BPP is a very good friend of mine and a founding member of COLA.  That is where we stand.  But when you have somebody that is playing around with the eight thousand, eight hundred and sixty-seven square miles of our country it leaves us with no other choice but to defend and what do you expect us to do?  Sit back and allow the minister, well the former minister to become another minister again to, and he is hell bent on going to the ICJ.  If he is elected again it is a stamp of approval they will take that we already want to go to the ICJ.  This is our last resort and so it’s not for us to endorse a political party but it’s a form of our protest to state our position in the strongest way that we can right now.  If the elections weren’t called we would not be having this kind of discussion.  If the prime minister had built the base we would not be in this position as it is right now but everything that has been done has been pointing us [to the fact] they’re either hell bent on sending us to the ICJ and [in their minds] anyone who opposes are just not right thinking individuals.”


As it concerns the public meeting, COLA has met with standard bearers Patrick Rogers and Doctor Francis Smith of the Belize Progressive Party and the People’s United Party, respectively. We’ll have the outcome of that meeting in Friday’s newscast.

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