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Sep 15, 2017

September Celebrations Commission Not Behind Termination, Appeals for Unity

Patrick Faber

The humiliation playing out onstage at the Fort George Memorial Park on Sunday ended in Moya’s immediate termination on live television, though she says she cannot be fired.  Today, Faber says that his office as chair of the September Celebrations Commission had nothing to do with Moya’s dismissal.


Patrick Faber, Chairman, September Celebrations Commission

“That is not the business of the commission, the September Celebrations Commission.  Understand that I am not a part of the Queen of the Bay Committee at all.  I chair the September Celebrations Commission and in fact, a part of our budget is spent on the Queen of the Bay.  So really and truly it is the people’s money that goes into that pageant, apart from the donation of prizes and so on that goes to the contestants.  But it is, I think, about ten thousand dollars or so of the September Celebrations money go into that.  And so the people must have a say, the government must have a say.  We are spending taxpayers dollars there.  What, again, I can assure people of is that moving forward we will do what we need to do to make sure that this pageant remains a part of our national heritage.  It is for all Belizeans.  The Queen of the Bay is a queen that reigns over all of Belize and not parts of Belize.  The unfortunate thing of course that has come out of all of this, and I need to say this, that we are not taking sides.  A lot of nasty racism and political bias and quarrels have come out of all of this and that is very unfortunate and I appeal at this time for us to let it go, let us move forward.”

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