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Mar 27, 2014

PM says it is what it is in respect of the resignation of the Esquivels

Dean Barrow

Since his return from a CARICOM intercessional meeting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last Thursday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has not given the media interviews. Well the press caught up with him today and asked the burning question about the high profile resignations by senior officials in the U.D.P. It started with the forced resignation of Laura Esquivel-Frampton from the Belize Tourism Board following a letter signed by seven executives of the B.T.B. to Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Junior. The seven executives said Esquivel Frampton’s management style was egotistical and manipulative. Within days, the two-term prime minister resigned as an advisor to PM Barrow and so did his wife, Kathy, as chairlady of the National AIDS Commission. This morning at the opening of the Inspiration Center spearheaded by Kim Simplis Barrow, the PM said that he has responded in writing to the senior Esquivels recognizing their years of service, but that it is what it is.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Manuel Esquivel

“I wrote to both Sir Manuel and Lady Kathy; I thanked both of them for their stellar service with respect to the last positions they held. I went on in the case of Sir Manuel to make the point that this was of course just part of a large trajectory…a larger historical background that fixes him firmly in the national consciousness as an exemplary public servant, as an exemplary politician and exemplary prime minister. I expressed my regret in his departure, but made clear that in the circumstances I understood. And that’s where I will leave it.”



“Do you feel that you should have intervened to save his daughter’s job or to make her have a more orderly departure?”


Laura Esquivel-Frampton

Dean Barrow

“I won’t get into that. I really believe that what’s happened has happened and it involves certainly the Minister of Tourism and member of my cabinet. A process that he certainly believes was a fair and transparent one; I am not going to go beyond that. The question of the details is very important and I don’t know that I would agree with the term push out. But really, I am not going to add sauce to the stew. I’ve said what I just said about how grateful I continue to be to Sir Manuel and I regret the fact that he leaves in these circumstances, but what it is is what it is.”



“Will you continue to reach out to him to be an active part of the U.D.P., if not your government?”


Dean Barrow

“But that is a standing invitation if you will; that’s a standing arrangement and it is entirely up to Sir Manuel to determine what, if any, role he would play with respect to the party that he led so well for such a long time.”

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1 Response for “PM says it is what it is in respect of the resignation of the Esquivels”

  1. punkgial says:

    Yes, and you Mr Barrow came and mess it up you need a filter on your mouth.

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