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May 4, 2022

UDP Says Briceno Administration Circumvented Public Service Regulations

Shyne Barrow

The opposition is taking the Briceño administration to task for seemingly mishandling the situation involving the endangered plants and the manner in which government attempted to circumvent existing regulations that should have prevented ministerial interference.


Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“The prime minister intervened to do a favor for his employee of twenty years.  That is not how good governance works.  That is not how UNCAC works.  That is not what the Belizean people voted for.  They go into the house every house meeting and talk about thirteen years of UDP, they don’t tell you about the ten years of Musa, but the Belizean people voted for better and we have the responsibility as the opposition to highlight when this administration is failing, and they have been failing from the very beginning, abusing their ministerial powers while passing motions in the house for good governance and giving training to the public officers for good governance and doing the exact opposite.  How could we tolerate this as a country?  The answer is in the village councils, that is when you can protest at the ballot, and this is not the first time that we see this type of ministerial abuse.”


Mike Peyrefitte, Shadow Minister of National Security

Mike Peyrefitte

“Their thing was, they would do legislation and take policies that would reduce ministerial interference.  If you can remember, that was one of the hallmarks of their campaign, they are going to do things to reduce the ministerial interference.  And then you have the prime minister who comes on national TV and says, yes, I tried to interfere in a plant situation for which he had no business, and if you ask me, he was saying that maybe Jose Mai needs to resign because the explanation he gave, from what I heard, is that Mai has no influence in his ministry.  So Mai couldn’t cut it, Mai couldn’t do nothing bout it, soh ih had to send fi ih boss fi mek di call.  So what is going on here?”

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