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Nov 9, 2022

U.D.P. Assists with Hurricane Lisa Humanitarian Relief

Over the weekend, images of San Ignacio Mayor Earl Trapp, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, San Pedro Mayor Gualberto Nunez and Prime Minister John Briceño were posted on social media, following a large-scale cleanup campaign in Belize City. It was a bipartisan show of solidarity to return the Old Capital to a sense of normalcy in the wake of Hurricane Lisa. While the Briceño administration has been working overtime, the opposition has also been making its rounds, visiting affected communities in Belize City, as well as Belize District.  This evening, News Five spoke with Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow who told us about his party’s efforts.

 

Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“We have five elected representatives, so I had spoken to the prime minister on Thursday, the day after the hurricane and he had promised to release funds and he did on Friday morning. So since Friday morning all of us have been on the ground doing what we can with the funds that we got. There is so many people to help I’ve helped about a hundred people since Friday and I’m still going so I’m trying to make the most of the money that the prime minister gave us, and I may have to go back to him for more because the damages that people suffered are great. First and foremost on Thursday to go on the ground I saw that Mayor Trapp was here helping Mayor Wagner. Definitely it is a time for solidarity to partisanship aside, so I was on the ground from Thursday meeting with people and going to the shelters checking to see what were the desires and the needs for NEMO and CEMO, communicating with my counterparts to try to direct them where there were needs. That continues in office everyday I’m doing my best to help as much people as possible with something rather than give everything to one or two people. I believe in sharing as much as possible so that is what we have been doing and we continue to pray for those people because it is a difficult time. It can never happen enough but I’m definitely grateful that all the area representatives in Belize District, P.U.P., and U.D.P. got monies from the prime minister and my policy is that I help everybody. You don’t have to be a U.D.P. to get help from me in Mesopotamia, so the hope is that my colleagues in the other Belize City constituencies will do the same. Now is not a time for partisanship.”


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