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Dec 11, 2019

Belizean Nationalist Hipolito Bautista Passes Away

Hipolito Bautista

And this news, well-known Belizean nationalist and playwright Hipolito Bautista passed away earlier today after battling a stroke.  Bautista is remembered for his role as Acting Chief Broadcasting Officer at the then Radio Belize at the time of the Heads of Agreement preceding Belize’s independence. He was also involved in the Corozal Free Zone and ran for office as an independent.   This afternoon, close friend and colleague Francis Gegg stopped by to remember Bautista and his contributions to the country.

 

Francis Gegg

Francis Gegg, Friend of Hipolito Bautista

“Bau was such a tremendous Belizean hero, Belizean patriot.  One of the perhaps not so well known of all of his accomplishments, all the things he had been involved in, coming out of the civil service, perhaps to the level of a PS or right close to that, he was very involved in NITEF and BELTRAIDE in creating what would become the Commercial Free Zone Management Agency and thereafter the Corozal Free Zone.  He was involved in the writing of the law as well as in bringing that free zone into reality from nothing, sort of a dead raise because in actual fact they never did have the money or capital needed to bring it into reality.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now one of the many things he would be remembered for, and this is for the older folks, was his involvement with Radio Belize.  Can you tell us about that, perhaps a little snapshot as to what occurred at that time?”

 

Francis Gegg

“He was at that point in time involved, I think, in Belmopan and he became acting Chief Broadcasting Officer right around the time when the Heads of Agreement were rearing their ugly head.  Mr. Bau was actually at Radio Belize at the time when the riots were taking place to shut it down.”


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