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Jan 21, 2021

The Not So Bright Days of Dame Minita Gordon

Stanley Lizama

Former Governor-General Doctor Dame Minita Gordon was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Lord Ridge Ceremony.  While her sendoff was stately, she was not always treated with the respect and dignity deserving of her position.  In fact, in her retirement, she was often seen around Belize City, where others who did not know her would make fun of the elderly woman.  It is part of the neglect that was experienced when she retired to private life.  There was no pension set aside for her then, and there still is none set aside for Governor-General Sir Colville Young now.  As described by Prime Minister John Briceño, it is a blight – one his administration is prepared to correct.  Doctor Gordon’s longtime friend Stanley Lizama shared an unfortunate incident with the media.

 

 

Stanley Lizama, Friend of Dr. Dame Minita Gordon

“One time I went to buy along with my wife at Brodies and she got sick at Brodies and the guys they started to laugh at her and passed all kinds of remarks and I told them, “Do you know who is that woman?”  Nobody don’t know who she is.  I went and helped her and I put her in a taxi and I sent her home.”

 

John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“I think we should hang our heads with shame that that is what happened to the first governor general.  That is why one of the things that we have to do is look at the present governor general who has served us so well from 1993-1994 and is still working even at the age of ninety, that we have to make sure that when he retires that we have a pension that would he would be able to look after himself with some sense of dignity.  So we owe an apology to Dame Minita Gordon and her family for the way she was treated and we have to make sure that as a country we never, ever do that to people that have served us so selflessly.”


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