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Oct 11, 2013

Social Partners will not give any legitimacy to the PAC

The P.U.P. Deputy Leader, Julius Espat is also the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. The opposition has walked away from the scheduled hearings because a proposal to change its composition was flatly turned down by the government. Meetings of the PAC are in progress, but the committee is only now made up of government reps. This is an issue that has the social partners up in arms. Earlier this week, they issued a release to say that these meetings are only a charade because government can’t investigate itself. Espat says that the social partners will not give any legitimacy to the PAC as it stands now.


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

Julius Espat

“We haven’t changed our stance and we are so proud. The whole concept behind this and it was something that the party leader felt deeply in his heart that for us to achieve anything it has to come as a package with the social partners along with us. Nothing in politics from here on cannot be done without participation.  It is a reality that this government has failed to realize, it is a reality that we need to learn more how to handle. But that was the directive by the party leader.  The social partners made a decision that they would not participate as doing interview, but they would be there as observers to see how the proceedings will be held and how it will continue. They did that for two meetings. After those two meetings they got together. And please this is historical. I think because of the Penner issue, it has overshadowed this historical press release that came out; it was the Chamber of Commerce, along with the Council of Churches, along with the Evangelical Churches, along with the N.T.U.C.B. These people have different backgrounds, different points of view; they stand and believe and fight for different things. But they came together in meetings because it is about Belize and that’s the beauty of it—Belize still can galvanize us into something positive. And they agreed after participating as observers and they agreed to issue that press release which is the strongest press release I have seen up to date when it pertains to a particular issue. They are saying please discontinue; it is a charade. We will not give any legitimacy to it. We believe that the composition of the PAC should change. They are not saying that the composition we proposed they are agreeing to. They are saying that they believe that the composition should be changed.”

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2 Responses for “Social Partners will not give any legitimacy to the PAC”

  1. Karim says:

    This bunch of UDP ministers are the most corrupt bunch of people ever to run this country. The legacy they will left is not good for the country of Belize. There are so many people on pantry list that don’t know how they will live because no jobs are being created. The ministers threaten them so unless more than one of them is removed, the hustling continues, everywhere. This is truly a dangerous thing for our country.

  2. Beano for a falling government says:

    They are walking away from the lie factory?

    Somebody needs to be there to provide some legitimacy.

    Lies cannot be made without some facade of legitimacy, and clearly UDP cannot provide that.

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