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UDP Tyranny!

Belize City, November 13, 2012

The UDP’s promise of running a Government that is accountable and transparent must have been airbrushed heavily with Dean Barrow-style poetry, for in practice they have stood in the way of every real opportunity to let the Belizean people know about the spending of the nation’s finances.

Their actions this week, which includes blatant opposition and aggressive sabotage of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by PUP Deputy Leader and Cayo South Area Representative Hon. Julius Espat, shows the level they would go to keep the truth from Belizeans.

The PAC is not a UDP-ruled fraternity house, where they bend rules as they see fit. It is a House of Representatives committee charged to provide important check and balance to the financial affairs of the country. The PAC has never functioned – the UDP has never shown interest in it. Now that the PUP has taken up the responsibility to set new trends and lead the charge, the UDP is standing in the way.

Former Clerk of the National Assembly, Conrad Lewis, said the UDP’s actions through the Clerk and the UDP members of the Committee were a “threat to democracy in Belize”.

Their tampering of the minutes of the meeting, and the audio recording is callous.

In true UDP-style, the security forces are used to carry out their sinister actions.

To ensure than the public did not have an opportunity to witness the proceedings of the meeting, the UDP instructed the Police to remove every member of the public. Attending were two elected Parliamentarians, Hon. Mike Espat and Hon. Oscar Requeña, and Krem Television media worker Yaya Marin-Coleman.

Hon. Requeña described the incident as disrespectful, “I expected that the least that could have been done was that as an elected representative that the courtesy could have been extended for me to at least listen, and when the time was appropriate, for me to participate in the session. Once we were seated, the police detective came and said – “I am here under the instructions of the Clerk of the National Assembly, and I want you to know that you cannot remain in this meeting, as long as you are not a member of this committee.” Those were his exact words. This, of course, was followed by the Hon. John Saldivar, when he arrived. He was obviously upset, in my opinion, that we were present. And he said, ‘Well, I want to make you all know that no meeting is taking place with these people in here.”

This is clearly and unquestionably tyranny under the UDP. How much will Belizeans take?

http://www.belizetimes.bz/2012/11/15/udp-tyranny/

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