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Sep 9, 2020

Prime Minister Dean Barrow Says Said Musa’s Departure is an End to an Era

Prime Minister Dean Barrow today told News Five that Said Musa’s departure from the political arena is an end to an era. Like Musa, Barrow is also retiring from electoral politics this year and reminisced the early years when he met a young Musa as a lawyer and when they both entered politics. Barrow also recounted the many times when Musa presented himself to be a fierce debater in the House of Representatives.

 

On the Phone: Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“First of all I am sorry that it is illness that is obliging him to resign or not to contest again. I am hoping that ultimately he will make a full recovery from the stroke and the affliction that laid him low so I certainly wish personally the best for him on the health front. In terms of this departure makes the end of an era. I go at the same time so to that extend we are still politically in a way doing our ultimate farewell dance together so to speak. I have of course had some epic confrontations with Mr Musa, some epic fights. We’ve debated each other fiercely and sometimes, many times indeed that debate in parliament has been extremely contentious but I will say this, on the personal level Said Musa has never been other than affable, than amiable. He is not somebody that one could ever accused of being personal. Through the long time he has been in politics, I have never had, I’ve never heard anybody make a complaint that he is malicious, that is vindictive, that he is spiteful. Not at all. And as I said, I have known him for long time before I got into politics, as a lawyer when we were both at the bar and even in the early days of politics though we were on different sides I considered him a friend. Later on the relationship of course soured politically but on the few times, on few occasions that we meet I repeat that he was never less than amiable. He had a tremendous sense of humour, was always quick with the jokes and all together was a fine personality in that regard. Also he was a ferocious fight, absolutely tenacious. He would cling to his position with total concentration and determination so that even if one thought the positions to which he was clinging were not the best position, one had to admire the fact that he believe in what he was doing and was unyielding. In that regard as well, he certainly earned my respect. Finally I though the last publicly acknowledge act that he did which of course was of supreme, national importance was his coming out in support in favour of the ICJ. Despite the fact that his party took a contrary position his principle regarding the Belize Guatemala problem was such that he did not vote against the party in the National Assembly but he made it plain that he was a yes with respect to the ICJ referendum and it was a position he maintained throughout, notwithstanding the slings and arrows that those in his own party might have flung at him. So in that respect as well, I certainly appreciated what he did in that context.”

 


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