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May 13, 2014

Mother’s Day Cheer draws controversy

Godwin Hulse

Last week the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Finance, disbursed fifty thousand dollars to each of the seventeen U.D.P. Area Representatives, titled as a mother’s day program. It’s a decision which no doubt pleased the recipients of the fifty and hundred dollar bills handed out. Still, it’s the use of government funds for a partisan political cause, and the blurring of the lines has been the cause of some concern and criticism. Pre-Cabinet Godwin Hulse was very vocal on the use of public monies for political things exactly like this. But Godwin Hulse, the Cabinet member, is a different creature. He says that he is a member of a team, and while he may not agree with certain things, he’s not willing to walk away for little things like this.


Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

“With respect to the Mother’s Day program, this is a government and a Cabinet decision. There are thousands of mothers who have benefitted…the names are public, the funds are accounted for and it’s a government program. We will take the criticism of course that it’s not given to everybody, but that is the nature of the political beast. I have no absolute problem with respect to the fact that it’s done open and transparent and up front, which has always been my mantra. And as long as I am there, everything is going to be open and transparent, whether it’s critical or not.”



“Are you concerned about the institutionalization of political patronage?”


Godwin Hulse

“I don’t know if you call it political patronage, and I don’t know if it’s institutionalized. But you know there is a thing in Belize, has always been and will continue to be…however you want to do it or say it otherwise, that political parties stay in power by maintaining their majority. Or if not they are not in power and they can’t carry out their policies. It’s something that continues to happen. I personally had always seen it from an equitable position in lots of ways, but I’ve also always seen the Cabinet from things that should and shouldn’t happen. I’m a member of a team. I’m a member of a football team, so to speak, and when I was outside the team I spoke to the team…I’m on the team. There are lots of things in Cabinet that I don’t agree with, but they’re not big enough for me to walk away from, cause there’s a bigger agenda and a bigger program that I want to further. And so I stay there to further that, and the smaller things I dismiss.”

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7 Responses for “Mother’s Day Cheer draws controversy”

  1. Rod says:

    Godwin hulse you have turned into one big thief corrupt just like the rest of this thieving pm and gov. This whole gov. Is infected with the thieving virus .

  2. Retired CEO says:

    Well folks you heard it from the horses’ mouth Hulse the hustler. This guy sounds like a classical hustler, ” there is a bigger agenda and a bigger program that I want to further”. I wonder what is his bigger secret and personal agenda? Perhaps garner up more $$ for his future life after the UDP is gone.

  3. Rasman says:

    Godwin Hulse has alway been fake; He never done anything useful while he was part of civil society. Remember he spoke of what should be but he never or at no time did he walk the walk. SO he talk it but he never applied it. SO i am not surprise at all.

  4. Tara says:

    This is unbelievable comment coming from a Minister. In a football team the people are chosen based on their skills to be on a team and they play for money. If they lose that skill, or whatever they are booted.

    In a Cabinet the member are elected by the people, to serve the people and they are their only at the mercy of the people to do the duties as laid out in the Constitution. Ok, Mr. Hulse was selected but let us get this straight, Cabinet is not a football team.

    If a Minister of government is comparing the two, we have a problem. You must do what is in the best interest of the people.

  5. sickntired says:

    Well da bout time this here tiefin bunch give back to somebody and at least da we mothers so i cant complain. As to hulse well he full of shit cause he used to bark so much now watch ah lap his tail and go with di flow. I shoudda join politics so i could hustle better.

  6. Elgin Martinez says:

    No surprise this is thesame man who condones the selling of Belizean Birthright.

  7. Rod says:

    If anyone in this corrupt gov. Had any brains at all they should have used this money to provide phychological help to all the mothers out there who have seen their child laying in the drain with a big hole in their sons head why is it that this pm and gov, cannot think I’ll tell you one thing all the people which is 4000 families out there who have lost a child I hope you realize that this pm and gov. Could care less about your dead child or parents.

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