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Jun 12, 2012

P.U.P. calls out U.D.P. Government on 97 days in office

Earlier this morning, the Peoples United Party lashed out at the Barrow Administration’s three months in office. The ten speakers who spoke during the two hour event were: Francis Fonseca, Julius Espat, Karen Bodden, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Rodwell Ferguson, Florencio Marin, Michael Espat, Marco Tulio Mendez, Oscar Requeña and Lisa Shoman. The grand old party attacked the government on crime, education, the sugar industry and the health sector. But while giving his speech on the economy, Julius Espat zoned in on former P.U.P. minister Mark Espat, whom Julius now considers a Judas.  News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports from Independence Hall. 


Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The People’s United Party’s press conference at Independence Hall focused on a myriad of issues from crime to agriculture.  Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, was cordial by opening the session with good wishes for Misses Kim Barrow.


Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

“Our continued best wishes to Mrs. Kim Barrow, Prime Minister Barrow and their family as they continue their very challenging battle against breast cancer. As a nation, we stand united in offering up our prayers for Mrs. Barrow and the many other Belizean women and men who bravely fight each day for their lives against this dreaded disease.”


And after that moment, it was all about the U.D.P.’s ninety-seven days in office.


Karen Bodden

Karen Bodden, P.U.P. Senator

“Ninety seven days later and yet no budget has been presented. Ninety-seven days later and we are still living in the grips of crime and violence. Ninety-seven days later and still no sign of relief for the forty-four percent of our people living in poverty. Ninety-seven days later and yet no plan to increase the dismal four point four percent total tertiary level enrollment. Ninety-seven days later and absolutely not a clue of how to get the economy started again.”


Francis Fonseca

Ninety-seven days later, there is no such plan, no new course, no budget and no sense of direction. Unemployment remains at twenty-four percent and growing, investments continue to stand still and investor confidence remains at a low point. The government has been uncharacteristically quiet about debt restructuring exercise while Belize’s credit rating nears junk status. The outlook for economic growth remains weak as oil related revenues decline and the government continues to face growing liabilities for the botched nationalizations of B.T.L. and B.E.L. Ninety-seven days after the election the future of Belize’s sugar industry is in question and the standoff in the citrus industry continues. Ninety-seven days after the elections, unelected U.D.P. standard bearers continue to influence the actions and decisions of the government in constituencies represented by duly elected members of People’s United Party. Today, we make it clear to the U.D.P. government that this disrespect must end immediately. If it continues, it will destroy any further opportunity for dialogue and cooperation on any other issue.”


Karen Bodden

“I must also interject here that there exists absolutely no drug or violence prevention programs within our education system. This itself is a serious deficit since education must be in harmony with the needs of a society if it is to be relevant. There are various ad-hoc activities disguised as prevention programs. But those are like putting lipstick on a pig.”


One person who did not put a lipstick on a pig is Julius Espat. Espat’s ninety-seven day speech made his disdain for former P.U.P. Minister Mark Espat, public knowledge.


Julius Espat

Julius Espat, Deputy Leader, P.U.P.

“The P.M. in reality is running this country by remote control. One of the only recent decisions that the Prime Minister made was to appoint an ex-south side representative who has already shown this nation his treacherous tendencies; to lead a team to renegotiate the Superbond.  Where are all the brilliant minds in the U.D.P.’s camp? Or is the Prime Minister saying to his people that he has no confidence in their skills. We are glad though that the traitor has truly revealed himself and that he is no longer with us, but has become the U.D.P.’s burden to carry. Imagine bondholders sitting across the table from the Prime Minister’s team leader and only knowing too well that he cannot be trusted. Now it seems that we are targeting the international investor. At first, the government claims it was fighting the Ashcroft Alliance. But what about all the other international investors that are being treated like unwelcome guests? This attitude is the crux of our country’s inability to move ahead. Hasn’t the fight which has been so profitable for so few, enough? I ask the Prime Minister to disclose how many millions were gone to Lois Young, Barrow and Williams, Young’s Law Firm and other family members. Prime Minister please disclose how much money your team leader, Mark Espat, is being paid for his advice?”


Francis Fonseca

“Ladies and gentlemen, the clear and resounding message of the March seventh election is that the Belizean people want us all to focus on them, their challenges, their problems. Together we must work for them. Today, the People’s United Party in Opposition begins that work.”


Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


In related political news, Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be holding a press conference at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday morning. The P.M. is expected to announce that the budget will be read on June twenty-second.  Official news from the Superbond team is also bound to be delivered at the conference. Since returning from Miami last week, the P.M. said that the team, headed by Mark Espat and Minister Godwin Hulse, made progress during talks with the I.M.F. and the I.D.B. 

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10 Responses for “P.U.P. calls out U.D.P. Government on 97 days in office”

  1. Rod says:

    About time unu come out and say something I mi think unu drop off a the face a di earth. But you must give solutions also.

  2. Storm says:

    What a country! I remember the theftocracy of the PUP, which earned its landslide defeat 4 years ago. Seeing them criticize the UDP like this — and the UDP has done no better, but they fail differently! — is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    A pox on both their houses.

    We need a credible REFORM party with leaders who love the country, instead of loving access to the cookie jar.

  3. busha says:

    lol, what a waste of time… do you think for a minute that the PUIP would come out an say anything positive of the UDP? At least they have enough respect for Kim, so I suppose there is some hope.

    Truth is, both the PUP and the UDP need to get it right, and so far, for the last 20 or so years, none of them have managed to.

  4. joe says:

    unu find something positive fi do and stop spit in d air.. we need people with positive minds and good mentality no hustlers. Right Espats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Initiate! says:

    Hmm, everybody knows that neither party has what it takes, and yet we somehow think that there must be a solution.

  6. Al says:

    It is time to put party politics aside and begin to work on a solution to the national crisis. Politicians need to remember they live in the same environment as the people, and what impact the people, will ultimately impact their quality of life in some manner. Stop this selfserving action and think on a broader scale.

  7. Mango says:

    Wait, I got it, people know that neither party has what it takes, and yet they will depend on the government to solve all their problems. What kind of coffee would it take for people to wake up out of that??

  8. citizen #2 says:

    I agree with “Storm” we need a new party, in this country that will serve the needs of the people, and stop serving their pockets. Both parties are no good for this country. It is time for a change, but good luck on that, it is up to the voters to change the situation in Belize. You have too many government officials that look down their noses on people in this country that they don’t know, so the old system comes into play, it is not what you know, it is who you know.

  9. Mags says:

    We need to all be involved in finding solutions instead of talking, talking, talking. So, are the people of Belize willing to come together and assist the government and opposition to find solutions? I challenge the citizens of Belize to come together and work to make Belize the country we would all like to see, free of violence and crime; beautiful communities; poverty free; employed citizens; innovative businesses; well lit streets; etc. etc. This can only be achieved when we all take ownership and pride in developing ourselves and country.

  10. GEORGE BANNER says:

    What the hell is belize coming to? Maybe it is time for George Banner to return to belize and become the real prime minister of belize ? What the hell is our beloved country of belize coming to ? Where is Evan X hyde? calling all belizeans? Where is Evan X hyde?

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