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Jan 6, 2017

SATIIM’s Froyla Tzalam Explains Decision to Decline Nomination

Froyla Tzalam

Along with a shortlist of nominees who had been chosen to vie for the senatorial post came information that Froyla Tzalam, executive director of SATIIM, had declined her appointment.  Tzalam, who also sits on the Thirteenth Senator Steering Committee as media relations officer, turned down the candidacy because her commitment to the organization is pressing.  With the status quo the way it is between Belize and Guatemala, particularly at the Sarstoon River, it is presumable that a departure from that post would be untimely, especially since park rangers attached to the organization conduct frequent expeditions upriver to monitor the breadth of the Sarstoon and Temash National Park. 


Froyla Tzalam, Executive Director, SATIIM

“It was simple; my organization SATIIM needs a lot of support.  It’s not a big organization, it’s a grassroots organization and I think one of the things that all N.G.O.s face is resources, whether that’s human resources, financial resources.  So I could not, in all good faith, take a responsibility that would mean that I would have to abandon my, well not abandon but mean that I would not be able to do my duties as diligently if I would not be distracted with the election and if elected to be a senator.  It was very simple.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now insofar as any pressing or salient issues going into the House of Senate, whomever is voted to become the thirteenth senator, what would they be going into in terms of a general discussion coming out of today’s sit-down?”


Froyla Tzalam

“I think one of the main concerns the N.G.O. had was that how do we ensure that our candidate or senator does not go against the wishes of the N.G.O.s, you know.  How do we ensure that this person will not go contrary to what we are advocating for and, you know, as much as we can we are going to try and look for a person that has those qualities that make a strong person that’s well knowledgeable, that’s not going to be swayed by any affiliation or by any other interest.  But the fact of the matter is that we won’t know until that actually happens.  So what we were clear here in stating was that the real work really starts on Tuesday and so how do we ensure that our person does the best job for us there and so we already know that we have to set up a team to help that person as much as possible.  We have experts all within our N.G.O. field and for those that we don’t have the expertise for then we have to go and look outside.  So it’s clear for us what we want to do and as much as that person is an independent person to an extent, that person is there because of us.”


News Five will continue to follow this story leading up to Tuesday’s election.

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1 Response for “SATIIM’s Froyla Tzalam Explains Decision to Decline Nomination”

  1. Mike G. says:

    As I have stated previously, this is a historic decision. This Senator must reflect the desires of all the NGO’s and therefore must not be biased toward their own fields of concern. We must have the candidate from the NGO with the broadest actual membership experience, from natural resources to tourism. Now is our chance. I implore the NGO’s to think hard before selecting your choice. Belize depends on it.

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