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Aug 3, 2020

‘Sedi’ Says Government Has Failed Belizeans

Wilfred Elrington

Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington knocked his own government during today’s sitting. Elrington is a senior member of the United Democratic Party, which took over the reins of the government in 2008.  So for twelve years, Elrington has been minister, but as he departs from politics, Elrington has chosen to be very frank about the government under which he served.  In speaking on the extended state of emergency for south side Belize City, Elrington called out the government for failing, after a decade and three terms in office, to address the root cause of the problem.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

“I have not seen Madam Speaker any proposal or project come forward to treat the root cause of the problem. The root cause of the problem is poverty. The root cause of the problem is ignorance. The root cause of the problem is absence of capacity and to treat with this problem properly we don’t have to be coming back here over and over to impose states of emergency we have to find a solution to the problem. That final solution to the problem Madam Speaker in my honest opinion, I am not expert at anything it I just that these issues concern me greatly. We have to find out what is happening in the homes. How is it that a children after nine months is born a little innocent baby and in ten, twelve years that baby becomes a monster. What has happen in that child’s family to create a monster between the ages of infancy and that of ten, eleven, twelve years. It has to be some failure Madam Speaker on the part of the society. It has to be some failure Madam Speaker on the part of Government.  I find it incredible that in fact we are held hostage by a few, a very few small percentages of our children, our own children they didn’t come from Mars. They come from our own children, our own societies, our own families. Why is this so? And as I move through my constituency Madam Speaker, I walk all the time in the Pickstock constituency. I pass homes and areas where young men are congregated. They have nothing to do. They have no skill. They have no job and they have no direction. Absolutely frightening. That is the males. With respect to the females, they are dressed up, very scantily dressed and walking the streets, hustling as we say. In place like Netherlands they put them in showcases but that is what or young people are reduced to. What I would like to see is when we bring u motion to this effect we also have along with it a comprehensive proposal to raise, to borrow the requisite funding that is needed to change the reality of these people. Because if you keep doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results that is the action of a crazy man.   The average Belizean boy, the average girl out there can’t come up with fifty cents as we speak, can’t find job, don’t have skill, can’t read, can’t write, cant compute after thirty seven years of independence. Clearly we have failed them.”


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