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Jul 2, 2021

LOO Responds to 11th Amendment

Moses “Shyne” Barrow

And the man who has been talking about this bill is no other than the new Leader of the Opposition himself, Moses Shyne Barrow. He says that while he supports the scope that touches on anti-corruption measures, he strongly opposes the way it is being presented.  He believes he is being targeted with this specific bill because of a crime he committed years ago.  He says it is discriminatory and will affect the masses.

 

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“It is targeted towards me and an entire class of people. Certainly the targeting of the Opposition Leader and Opposition members are is alarming and anti-democratic. But we have to address the classicism and elitism and discrimination and inequality of such an amendment; and the irony of the rich, powerful wealthy minister Henry Charles who is the son of the right honorable Said Musa who is the only Prime Minister arrested and charged for stealing forty millions that was supposed to go to the Belizean people for housing but he never faced justice; he was arrested and charged and beat the case; whereas, Shyne Barrow nineteen years old paid his debt to society twenty three years ago.  The worst case scenario is that they will try to stop me from running again and it will not compel me to demit office now but the argument as to the re-election it goes both way because then you can argue that I was grand-fathered in and it should apply to people who, now, for the first time be attempting to run. And even if that were the case, I would still stand against such a legislation that is arbitrary and makes no room for redemption and rehabilitation.  The constitution says, as with similar constitutions, that anyone who is under a sentence of death or under a sentence of one year or more, meaning that if you are in prison you can’t context the elections. The framers of our constitution and in the UK never envisioned that you would commit a crime, serve your time, get back into society but still be prevented from participating in the representation of the people’s act. Now, there are legislations throughout the commonwealth and the United States where if you commit public breach of trust crimes or corruption crimes or election fraud crimes you may be banned for a ten year period, a five year period or permanently. Those types of legislations I don’t have a problem with but to try to sneak in an arbitrary ban of anyone who serve twelve months anywhere in the world is arbitrary.”


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