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Nov 29, 2013

Oppositon says he is not impressed with multi-million dollar infrastructure program

Francis Fonseca

At his press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow unveiled a multi-million dollar infrastructure program to address deteriorating streets and roads in the country. Almost three million dollars have been allocated for immediate remedial works, and approximately seventy-six million has been committed to the entire project. P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca wasn’t impressed. He says that the incessant rains have only highlighted what has been chronic neglect of infrastructure by G.O.B. According to Fonseca, while he welcomes any relief, he’s very concerned because he feels that P.U.P.-run municipalities are being short-changed.


Francis Fonseca, PUP Leader

“We in the People’s United Party obviously we welcome any and all relief that is being provided by the government of Belize to the many, many residents of this country, many citizens of this country who can’t access their farms in many communities across the country, people are unable to access their farms, children can’t get to schools because of the road conditions and the flooding. Many people here in the city…we know it well…many people’s homes have been flooded out and of course the road conditions have taken a serious toll on vehicles – many vehicles have been destroyed and damaged because of the road conditions. So we absolutely welcome any support, any assistance that the government is now prepared to offer – it is long overdue. At the same time I also want to make the point that we are demanding that there be an equitable use of those resources. I was certainly not satisfied with what I heard from the Prime Minister yesterday in terms of the support that will be provided to the municipalities that are governed by the People’s United Party, in particular Dangriga, Punta Gorda and Orange Walk town. It seems to us that these municipalities are getting the smallest share of the pie and that is certainly not fair because in some of these communities, particularly in the south, where I have been on many, many occasions I know that the conditions of the roads are worse than ever. So we want to place on the record very clearly that we are demanding fair and equitable treatment for those municipalities governed by the People’s United Party.”


Fonseca also criticized what he calls a bailout of the Mayor of Belize City with the proposed assistance by G.O.B., when he says nothing is being done of the villages all across the country.

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4 Responses for “Oppositon says he is not impressed with multi-million dollar infrastructure program”

  1. CEO says:

    Sad but this is they way business is done in Belize. I wish that some day there will come a time when our leaders will grow to be as big as politics and realize that no Belizean should be punished for the way he/she voted.

  2. beano for Belize says:

    “he feels that P.U.P.-run municipalities are being short-changed. ”

    Ali Baba would not do that. If these municipalities are not paying corruption officers on time, it is those municipalities’ fault they get hind tit, or no tit. If they would flip back to UDP, the corruption process would get better for those municipalities.

    At least Fonseca got it right that this is all BS.
    Enough barking.
    puppies should go back to sleep.
    They still have game, but now they are running off corruption money and that is very wrong.

  3. beano for Belize says:

    Maybe Stann Creek or Toledo should secede.

    Then Belize could declare war, sending in jets and a battleship to destroy these PUP enclaves.

    Regardless of the governing party, if they left Belize they probably would be better off financially.

    It might also be the UDP solution to the Guatemalan border. two problems solved at once. The only hurdle left is how can corruption officers make enough $$$ to make it worth their effort? Plus all the loyal UDP down there need to move north, that needs to be figured out.

  4. ONCE AGAIN says:

    When will their be a Government that work for all the People of Belize and not just the ones that are faithful to the Government of the day. All of Belize pay taxes wheter their party is in or not and it is the taxes that pay their salaries. Belize people do you realize the Government work for you not you work for the Government, you pay their salaries why does everyone act as if even though we pay we should still beg. You don’t pay and beg people, think about it and turn it around these ministers are out of control and you allow them.

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