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Apr 10, 2018

Former Councilor Philip Willoughby Says Mayor Wagner & his Council Need to Step Up

Philip Willoughby

There has been back and forth on social media on the cheques endorsed by Mayor Bernard Wagner for the social assistance programme. The comments have been drawn along political lines, with some chastising him while others supporting him for his compassion. At an event today, former councilor Philip Willoughby was reserved on comment. He did say, however, the previous U.D.P. council set the bar which must be met by the current mayor and his councilors.


Philip Willoughby, Former Councilor, Belize City Council

“In relation to the cheques, let’s leave the mayor to hang himself; I won’t advice the fellow. He can seek legal advice. He had the city administrator, who is the legal financial officer of the council, whom he opted to dismiss, who could have educated him in terms of the policies and procedures or regulations. Or even if he didn’t want to listen to her—because the Candice I know wouldn’t have under-minded him—the financial person in Miss Rose or even Miss Margaret McKenzie would have advised him properly. So I believe he needs to bank on and rely on the technical people who knows. And if he still doesn’t want to rely on them, call local government. If he doesn’t want to rely on local government, read the bylaws that govern the city and that will direct you sir. Or get a legal opinion and I leave it at that. He has to find his way; the learning curve is extremely steep and the time is short. So I wish them well, I want them to succeed because if they fail all of us fail as the city. No time to complain sir; there’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of streets to be fixed. The raining season shall be upon us shortly; they have a substantial amount of work that needs to be done. Get cracking, get working. Sitting at City Hall or not going to office and complain won’t fix any problems of the city. So they need to get out there and work and work hard they must because speaking for myself and the council, we set the standard, we set the bar. We were the bar now they have to excel.”

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