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Jan 3, 2019

Lisa Shoman Breaks Down Politician and “Bad Man” Interaction

Lisa Shoman

In Shoman’s Facebook editorial, she writes, “Both feed off each other.  The “don” gets finances, protection, recognition, turf security and favors by the association.  The politician gets information, personal security, street enforcement, loyalists and voters and favors.”


On the Phone: Lisa Shoman, Social Activist

“It’s no secret that in Belize City certain constituencies vote a certain way or another way simply because of the relationships that are forged in there.  Dianne Finnegan’s misfortune is that yesterday she explained to Belizeans with clarity how that works.  She made it clear that as an aspiring politician her role was to go and consult with certain people so that she could be guaranteed a vote.  She said it more importantly, that they will vote for me and she just had to do this thing for them.”


Isani Cayetano

“We’ve always know that there has been, as you’ve mentioned, a symbiosis between the politicians and the respective gang leaders in the different communities and what have you…”


On the Phone: Lisa Shoman

“No, no.  Go further back, go further back.  Every politician in Belize has since Universal Adult Suffrage used street muscle of one kind or another and this is not unique to Belize.  I noh di discova nothing ya, I dah noh Columbus.  This is what it is, this is what it’s always been.  The problem is that the relationship has now deepened and widened into a relationship in which neither can do without the other or you don’t win or you don’t control and that is the way it is.”

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