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Sep 7, 2022

Political Scuffle in Patchakan

Kareem Musa

In another incident, this time in the village of Patchakan in the Corozal District, police found themselves in the middle of an altercation involving political opponents who were in a scuffle over the use of a public space. While there are allegations of preferential treatment for a particular political party, Minister Musa says that it is wrong for an area rep to assert him or herself in that manner.

 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“It’s a very sad day for politics and a sad day for democracy when area representatives feel as though they have ownership of assets that belong to particular villages across this country. I am told that the area representative actually physically went out there and there are allegations not that he threw bottles, but that other people threw bottles – I think there was a Miss Patchakan pageant that was being held over the weekend and it got confrontational. Now imagine that. You cannot, as villagers, have a nice evening with your family without politics getting involved in it. I don’t understand there to be another conflicting event that was planned for last week Saturday, but at the same time, you have these area representatives that feel as though they have ownership of these common grounds that the villagers want to enjoy as well. So I don’t see how politics could even get to that level that you would want to stop the villagers from having an event and from having a good time. Now, in terms of booking the venue for future events, I am sure that there has to be a system in place. If it is that the village council manages that particular dome area, then you have to apply through the village, but at the same time it shouldn’t be that an area representative actually shows himself and flexes on that level to basically claim ownership of the village.”



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