NTUCB says Ray Davis no longer its Senator despite his appearance at meeting

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Updated: September 4, 2015

A special sitting of the senate was held today in Belmopan and Senator Ray Davis was present. We were shock to see him there especially since we were told that the congress of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize had met and decided to remove and replace Senator Davis. We were not the only ones who were surprise because President of the NTUCB Marvin Mora had no knowledge that Senator Davis had appeared to represent the Unions. The NTUCB sent out a release today in which it states that Davis is no longer a senator representing the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. The release goes on to state quote, “ NTUCB categorically disassociates itself from the presence of Ray Davis at today’s Senate Meeting. Mr. Davis who has been duly informed via letter that he is no longer the Representative for NTUCB and Civil society at the Senate, late last night sent out an email to President Marvin Mora stating he was attending today’s meeting. President Mora immediately informed him that he should not attend as the General Council of the NTUCB had through its internal democratic process removed him as he is very well aware. President Mora has since reiterated that instruction to Mr. Davis via text and even called Mr. Davis who has refused to answer his calls…… Nothing Mr. Davis says or any position taken at today’s meeting can be ascribed to the NTUCB, which his advisory body. Mr. Davis, has acted on his own along with those handful of persons who have been inciting him to such action. He has no instruction on how to vote or what position to take on the matter before the Senate” end of quote. So why was Davis there? Love News Understands that the Civil Society blocked NTUCB’s move. We learned that the Civil Society wrote to the Governor General stating that Davis can only be removed via a recommendation from both the Civil Society and the NTUCB. So it looks that Senator Davis is not going anywhere even though NTUCB says he is no longer their representative. Senator for Government Business, Godwin Hulse, says that the NTUCB cannot solely remove Senator Ray Davis.

Godwin Hulse – Minister of Labour

“ If you read the constitution appointing senators and because I have been so intimately involved in this process, in fact in its initial stages when we created a senate with social partners, the senator representing the union is appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of both the NTUCB and Civil Society Steering Committee and Civil Society Steering Committee I know that Denise Jones for example is one of the members and he mentioned to me and I will call his name that in fact they have not had an opportunity to speak to Mr. Davis and to give him a firm hearing and so the Governor General should not act on the instruction of one party only. There are two parties to the appointment of that senator, as enshrined in the constitution.

Reporter

“So then in your opinion although NTUCB sent out a scathing press release basically saying that its scandalous for him to have been here you believe that he was within his rights or was exercising his duty to be here?

Godwin Hulse – Minister of Labour

“He is, there is no question in my mind until both parties the Civil Society Steering Committee and the NTUCB would jointly say to the Governor General that “we want to ask you to remove the senator that we had nominated and replace another.”

Reporter

So then his appointment is not retracted per say?

Godwin Hulse – Minister of Labour

“No no, cannot be from my opinion.

Davis declined an interview saying he will issue a statement later. He did vote in favor of the Electricity Acquisition (Settlement) Bill, 2015.