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Mar 6, 2020

Julius and Johnny Blame Government for South Side Poverty

Julius Espat

Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat, who also chairs the Public Accounts Committee, slammed the Barrow administration for failing the people of Belize after twelve years in office.  That point was fervently supported by Opposition Leader John Briceño who zeroed in on Belize City’s south side where a consolidation of the most powerful government ministers has not been able to turn things around for residents south of the Haulover Creek.


Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South

“What we are here to debate, Madame Speaker, is the actions of our prime minister who in all honesty should sit at the most honorable office and chair that this country has to offer.  The Belizean people, Madame Speaker, as the honorable Cordel Hyde mentioned, gave him the country on a golden platter.  The people in 2008 decided that the People’s United Party had to be changed and the people of Belize overwhelmingly voted for him and his party to form government with the hope, Madame Speaker, that they would do better.  Madame Speaker, in 2008, the platform for the prime minister was one of reform and good governance, the essence of his campaign was that.  Madame Speaker, the unions were with them.  He had called for civil disobedience because we on this side, I wasn’t there with them at the time, but our party supposedly were doing such horrible things and so he called for civil disobedience.  He broke up portions of this prestigious institution, the footsteps of it, Madame Speaker and we are here now, twelve years after the fact.”


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“They have done nothing.  So that dehn ya people would lose their jobs and then go out on the street at a time when Belize City di go through the worst time ever in its history.  The proud people of Belize City are punishing.  There’s more crime, there’s more poverty, our children cyant go da school, there’s more hunger and I walk the streets of Belize City.  No Michael [Finnegan] I walk the streets of Belize City just like you.  I walk the streets of Belize City just like you.  Ah noh wahn tell dehn ah know dehn better than you.  I will not tell you I know them better than you.  Ah noh di seh dat, but I walk di streets of Belize City just like you and I understand the pain and suffering wih di go through da Belize City.  And you know what is even more painful, what is even more painful is that the most powerful ministers of the U.D.P. government are from the south side.”

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