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Jan 12, 2021

Julius Espat Reminds Shyne Barrow of Poverty in Mesop

Moses “Shyne” Barrow

The Sitting of the House wasn’t without its sparks, and several flew across the aisle on Friday.  Things got testy between Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber and Prime Minister John Briceño.  But the back and forth between Mesopotamia Area Representative Moses “Shyne” Barrow and Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat was a bit more cordial.  Barrow rose on the adjournment to speak on a matter of national importance.  He spoke about poverty and, in doing so, reminded the House that he made millions on his own in the United States.  Barrow went on to tell the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing that the people can’t eat streets.  In response, Minister Espat reminds Barrow of the legacy that his predecessor, Michael Finnegan, left in Mesopotamia – a legacy that Barrow himself now has to carry.

 

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Area Rep., Mesopotamia

“I don’t get what I get by the former Prime  Minister, I made my millions of dollars in the United States. You can check the record. I could bring all my contracts in there to tens of millions of dollars that I made on my own. So I am not trying to be a career politician. I want what is best for the Belizean people. We not have a supplementary budget where it is fourteen million dollars for streets that we cannot eat. The member for Cayo South and the member for Caribbean Shores, they were very vociferous in condemning the last administration for streets that we can’t eat and infrastructure, road leading to nowhere but yet in the supplementary budget there is three million dollars more for streets that w can’t eat than for human development that is dealing with poor people who need food and who need unemployment support.”

 

Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing

“We are not building roads to nowhere. We are trying to inject minimal resources into eight percent of the roads that would possibility alleviate poverty. You have to understand the sugar roads are extremely important for the agroproductive sector and if we don’t find the minimal budget to be able to deal with that situation the cane farmers will not be able to deliver their cane and then we will have even more poverty. You have to understand that the situation of our national highways is where it is right now because of the prime minister of the previous government. The roads have washed away. The contracts that were given were not priority. I applaud that you are standing up trying to defend a constituency that you say is poor but that constituency has been under the leadership maybe over forty years. So how can you come here trying to justify the poverty in the Mesopotamia constituency when the past area representatives for the Mesopotamia division was there for donkey years with all the powers in his hand. But I can understand. He is family member of your. So I understand that deep in your heart you are ashamed but you can’t say but I inherited his ministries and we found had a yearly budget that did absolutely nothing. No houses were built in the Mesopotamia division. No infrastructure was done in the Mesopotamia division. No work was done in the ministry. No houses were built. So come on dude, sorry Member from Mesopotamia. Come better than that.”


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