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Jun 3, 2019

Miscommunication over Exercise Equipment; Health Minister Sets the Record Straight

Health Minister Pablo Marin has taken offense to comments made by Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner on the distribution of exercise equipment, donated to his ministry from the Taiwanese Government. Mayor Wagner claimed that mayors of three municipalities controlled by the P.U.P. were overlooked when the equipment was being issued. The mayor questioned why the exercise machines were placed at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex and not at a park of their choice since a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Mayors Association and the Ministry of Health in October 2018 to promote health and wellness across the country. Marin responded today saying that Mayor Wagner is acting childish and playing politics.

 

Pablo Marin

Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“When I saw his interview, he really acted childish, sorry to say it because he was like a kid that you show him a sweet and you don’t give him the sweet and say weh happen with the sweet. Why didn’t he call me, as the mayor of Belize and say, you know what minister…what happen with my one? He did not do [that]; he just went to the media and try to do something political. Corozal have two, so you cannot say Corozal doesn’t have. The mayor, Kevin Bernard from Orange Walk, I spoke to him and he is coming on Tuesday to get his one. The situation with Belize City was different because I saw that at Marion Jones, the majority of people go and do workout there. So I decided to give that to the deputy as he is in charge of the sports for the people. Now, I still am going to buy more of the equipment.”


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