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May 13, 2014

Opposition bashes Government’s cash giveaway

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia

As we said, close to a million dollars from the public purse were disbursed to select members in U.D.P.-controlled constituencies and there is growing controversy surrounding the initiative. U.D.P. area representatives, standard bearers and some village councilors, we are told, were given as much as fifty thousand dollars each to distribute among constituents on Sunday. The gesture, which has been described as a party political promotion, has been condemned by the opposition. Today, during a press conference held by the United Women’s Group, an arm of the P.U.P., the program was squarely panned.


Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Deputy Leader, People’s United Party

“The People’s United Party registers our strong disapproval and condemnation of the way in which the United Democratic Party government has brazenly attempted to turn the celebration of Mother’s Day into just a partisan political opportunity and a cheap campaign ploy.  In this unprecedented and partisan move, the government has allotted a whopping eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars in order to grant all U.D.P. elected representatives fifty thousand dollars each for their constituencies for Mother’s Day activities and gifts.  In addition, it has come to our attention that more monies have been allotted from the Ministry of Finance for grants to U.D.P. village councils and standard bearers for Mother’s Day Cheer.  Certainly, without a doubt, well over a million dollars of taxpayers’ money has been spent.  Let us be clear ladies and gentlemen, people of Belize, our disapprobation of this latest blatantly political move is not a matter of sour grapes, since as Belizeans we all respect and celebrate our mothers. What we disapprove of in the strongest terms is the use of the people’s money, taxpayers’ money to fund gifts in connection with Mother’s Day in a way that is partisan, patronizing and political.”

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6 Responses for “Opposition bashes Government’s cash giveaway”

  1. CEO says:

    Public funds are for the people of Belize not only those the align themselves with the current GOB. The people of Belize should never sit back and accept this type of behavior as the way business is done.

  2. Belizeanwatch says:

    So why dem bex fa? PUP get wa chance fi give back money to deh people but noooo dem neva do it, dem thief it and now dem di cry fowl? When dem mi deh ina power dem victimize deh opposition, it was DEAN BARROW dat gave dem money for their constituencies and dem di help people out? NO! go ask dem pup area reps weh he do wit ih constituency money weh government give ah, go ask all a dem…if dem woulda get 50,000….PUP WOULDA TEK DAT, PUT IT INA FI DEM POCKETS…THIEF THIEF THIEF! KUDDOS UDP GOB FOR GIVING BACK TO THE PEOPLE WAT DEM PAY IN TAXES!

  3. sweetcheeks says:

    The PUP’s need to shut up because they did the same thing in their time period.

  4. Retired CEO says:

    This resembles the old colonial masters behavior or to be exact, the era of the Elizabethan poor laws of ole mother England. Deserving poor vs the underserving poor.

  5. kae says:

    soh because PUP do it then UDP must do it too??? Sweetcheeks is sadly ignorant and backward

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