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Jan 16, 2013

Police security offered to Musa and Opposition Leader

Said Musa

The death threats followed by the very real danger of bullets being fired at his home have brought the crime situation in Belize up close and personal to the former Prime Minister. Both he and Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca spoke on the very different and difficult times being faced today.  Fonseca also says that the government has offered police security.


Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“It also brings home to me what many Belizeans have been experiencing; this daily threat; this lack of personal safety, personal security. It really calls out for a balance approach to fighting this crime problem man. You ask me how I feel about it, I’ve always felt that the draconian measures do not work; the going about abusing civil liberties of citizens. I don’t think that is the way to fight crime. We need to have a balanced approached. Yes, we must step up law enforcement and give the police the resources they need to fight—personal as well as other resources—equipment and so on. But also, we really have to get to the root causes of crime in the country because the situation has escalated to such a level now that no one feels safe anymore.”


Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition

Francis Fonseca

“There is an increasing loss of that sense of personal security and I think that we are all feeling it. And certainly when it comes home to us as it has this morning with our own very former leader, we obviously have a very deeper understand that people go through on a daily basis. So we are very concerned but at this point we want to focus on helping the police to deal with an investigation on this matter and obviously as I’ve consistently said, we want to continue to work with the government. Mister Barrow, the Prime Minister, called me this morning. he was very gracious in saying that he was very concerned with what took place with respect to the former P.M. and his government has offered to provide security for the former Prime Minister. He has also made that offer on behalf of the government to me as the Leader of the Opposition. I have not yet taken up that offer because as you said Jules, it is something that we are not very comfortable with.”


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11 Responses for “Police security offered to Musa and Opposition Leader”

  1. Hi5 says:

    That’s what happened when you negotiate with criminal/terriost

  2. BMNJ says:

    The criminal elements are now leveling the playing field between the rich and the poor.

  3. dina orozco says:

    This is the outcome of wrong dealings made by politicians as we are now facing as a country. This is a total failure to the country and interantiionally. Our Jewel is turning to nightmare instead of being a paradise as it use to be. This actions will affect the entire country. How are we going to be seen as a country? ask yourself this question. We are imitating the mistakes of other country. It is time for a positive solutions not so called”negotations” with gangs.

    Hope that the things are seriously taken in consideration I don’t think this is a game. Please lives are at risk.

  4. Bear says:

    There are plenty of countries in the world that are poorer than Belize, but with a much lower level of crime, so poverty alone is not the “root cause” of our culture of criminality.

    The root cause of crime in the Jewel is a really poor constitution, that puts all legislative and executive power in the hands of whatever party wins a majority, with no checks and balances, no punishment for gross corruption, no accountability, no transparency, and no separation of powers,and the tradition “to the victor go the spoils.” The politicians have figured out how to collect public money and apply it to their own purposes and to their friends and families, and how to carry out policies that give them extremely unfair advantages in “business.” They have figured out how to prevent being convicted for their crimes, too, by eroding and corrupting the justice system.

    Once we have a government that must account for how it spends THE PEOPLE’S MONEY, and no corrupt official can get his hands on it for personal gain, then we can start to educate ALL of our children, which is the most important function our government should perform. If our children our educated, then they will have a fair chance at prosperity and happiness.

    Power to the people!

  5. Ixchel Pop says:

    Why must taxpayer money be used to protect someone who has loads of cash from all the pillaging during the ten year term? Why am I not accorded the same type of security? Such a shame!

  6. Funny says:

    As per Tanya Stephen, “Even the richest man haffi go learn fi tek a stance when them realize seh dem no safe inna dem mansion is a tough way fi learn seh yuh no really secure when the problems of the poor come kick dung yuh door.” They should have taught the people to earn their monies instead of expecting hands out!

  7. Louisville, Ky. says:

    If true emphasis was placed on POVERTY ALLEVIATION, much of this nonsense that has plagued the Jewel would not be happening.
    True, many countries round about are poorer than Belize but do not have as high a crime rate as we do. Also,my generation, was raised up poorer than this generation but, these are different times. The mind-set of people anymore seems to be: If I have nothing…..then I have nothing to lose.
    So, tell me Mr. Man, how are you going to counter that??

  8. David Blank says:

    Bear is right. There is a misguided notion that more educated people make better leaders. Wrong! Musa and Barrow have been our worst prime ministers, yet the most educated. A country is strong if it’s institutions are strong. The lawyers systematically gut our institutions to eliminate checks and balances and hence, accountability. They take legislation to the House that serves their own interests. Why do u think Barrow surrounds himself with the illiterates he has in his cabinet?? U can pillage more when u have dumb dumbs around u.

    With respect to education, we need SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY! Belize is still a good place to get a good education. But parents and students must be held accountable. Not only teachers. Teachers don’t run day care centres, or they shouldn’t. Belize has invested millions in education with little to show for it.

    Politicians, social commentators,(Evan Hyde, the biggest one), and the Church need to stop peddling this bs we call populism: rich vs poor. It’s the middle class that carries Belize. The poor don’t pay squat and make little effort to get out of poverty; Belize City South Side=biggest example. The rich have fancy accountants that fix the books quite well!!

    As for the people’s money, the gov’t is really those of us who bother to pay taxes. We are the gov’t! If we want social services, ALL of us need to fund it! Rich, Middle Class and Poor!!

  9. belizean says:

    Qoute taken from the Amandala Editorial.

    Amandala Newspaper


    …. of dark complexion ….
    Editorial — 04 January 2013

    Those of us who came on the scene after World War II know that Southside Belize City, and indeed the entire city, was an area of heavy, heavy discipline. In those days, men ruled boys. Men ruled with a hard hand, as did single mothers. Wayward boys were beaten into submission, at home.

    Some things went wrong between then and now, and today the Southside is ruled by gangs, headed by young men and featuring teenaged boys, with young women and teenaged girls supporting them. After Hurricane Hattie, a couple generations of adult men went looking for better jobs in the United States, and into Belize, along with the marijuana of the 1970s and the cocaine of the 1980s, there came guns. Boys started to rule men.

    Our newspaper competitor last weekend editorialized in an authoritative, confident manner. “It is time to dismantle the gangs!” This is an impossibility, unless you also physically destroy Southside Belize City, and parts of the Northside. The socio-economic conditions in specific parts of the old capital are such that you could wipe out the present gang leaders and their followers, and in a matter of months, new, similar organizations would emerge, with younger leadership.
    Our competitor’s editorial is a declaration of war on the gangs, on behalf of the elected government. Theoretically, the elected government has the power to crush the gangs, wipe them out, but they would be destroying children and grandchildren of the same families which went to the polls and elected UDP area representatives in every single constituency of the Southside in March 2012.

    There is a history here which the power structure does not want to discuss, because it would mean, in the first instance, recognizing that it is human beings who become gangsters, not animals. These human beings become gangsters basically because their living conditions condemn them to a fate similar to that of animals. Gangsters become gangsters in order to become human beings. It is contradictory, but it is real.

    Belizeans “of dark complexion” originally came here after being enslaved in West Africa and shipped across the Atlantic to work in the woodcutting industry of the settlement. The ancestors of today’s gangsters worked hard, were legally freed in 1838, and submitted to British colonial discipline all the way into the first half of the twentieth century. The capital city was a disciplined place when the peaceful nationalist revolution began in 1950.

    Jump high, jump low, there were losers in that revolution, and it now appears that prominent in that number were/are the families which now produce the gangsters and child soldiers. So then, who were the winners of the peaceful, constructive, Belizean revolution? That is a conversation the power structure here does not want to enter, because the post-colonial story in Belize is a story of greed, elitism, colorism, injustice, corruption, and cruelty.

    Our competitor’s editorial said: “We need to create new legislation making it a crime for any person in the society to join a gang, or to be a member of a gang or any organization which operates for criminal or subversive purpose.” The masses of the Southside Belizeans have reason to believe that the PUP and the UDP operate for criminal purposes, which is to say, the accumulation of public funds and assets for personal, private purposes. Many Southside Belizeans, then, believe that the PUP and the UDP are gangs, legal gangs.

    The Southside gangs kill each other for the crumbs which fall off the table around which the legal gangs sit. The Belizean society can declare war on the gangs, as our newspaper competitor just did, but the violence has always ended up becoming worse, in the long run, when the authorities become brutal for short-term political purposes.

    The saying goes that it is better to light a single candle rather than to curse the dark. In that sense, our competitor is proposing what they think is best. We submit, however, that they are ignoring the historical processes which brought us to this point, and they are saying, implicitly, that those “of dark complexion” deserve no reparation, no special consideration. Fair enough, but we have seen recently where the Southside gangs have produced “Attila The Hun” type leaders. The stakes are going up and up. Eventually, no one will be safe.))

  10. concern-#2 says:

    I agree with “Louisville” there were lots of poverty in my time growing up in Belize. But, we were the happiest people to me at the time on the face of the earth.. That was the real “Jewel” one could have walk anytime of the day, or night go anywhere you want to go, children played into the early evenings no one bothered them. There were lots of respect for our elders and people on a whole.
    Those day are gone. Imitating the United States will not work here in Belize, it not working there what make you think it will work in Belize. One thing maybe will work is to get the two parties together and start running the country, instead of always looking at each others shortcomings.

  11. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    This NO deal gone sour!!!
    This is GANGS at improvising!!!!
    Gangs want more money, and they want it at any cost!!!
    GOV sure SURE KNOWS who they are that are doing all this, WHY NOT STOP them?????
    Shall we live ruled by gangs????????????
    HELL NO!!!

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