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Julius Espat criticizes Minister of National Security

JULIUS ON SALDIVAR

Area Representative for Cayo South rose this afternoon at the House Meeting where he came out swinging at the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. 

Area Representative for Cayo South rose this afternoon at the House Meeting where he came out swinging at the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar.

Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “My grandmother used to say “dime con quien andas y te dire qien eres.” and that comes to mind when I reflect on the Honorable Member from Belmopan who is the Minister of National Security. It roughly translates “tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” There is another phrase Mr.Speaker, “birds of a feather flock together”. Mr.Speaker every time somebody that is corrupt comes into the Belizean national tv scene it is always a person that is friendly to the Minister of National Security. They eat together, they play together, they fly together, I wouldn’t want to talk about the sleep together I don’t know about that one;they do everything together and then all of a sudden and every single time the response is “I don’t know.” I see you’re smiling Deputy Prime Minister. Mr.Speaker statistics show, statistics show that there are more types of crime committed under the watch of this Minister of National Security and Home Affairs, statistics show that. Mr. Speaker there are definitely much more drug planes landing under his watch, statistics show that. Let’s look at one scenario, the three possible reasons why the planes are landing at such an alarming rate;  they’re totally clueless and ignorant as to the responsibilities given to them, they have the information but don’t know what to do with it or do nothing with it and three they’re fully knowledgeable with what’s happening they are complicit with it and they agree with it, those are three options Mr.Speaker. Anywhere in the democratic world, any one of those options are presented to a Prime Minister he would have to deal with it and investigate, investigations would have to be done and disciplinary actions would have to be taken anywhere else in the democratic world. Why is it that in Belize we listen to one man that does a press conference and tries to defend that he is an attorney and feel like everybody is listening to him and believing him ? That is the scenario we are having right now.”

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