Leader of the Opposition weighs in on bread price hike debate
The Ministry of Agriculture and the Baker’s Association continue to dialogue over the controlled price of a sixteen-ounce bread. On Wednesday, the ministry was to submit a Cabinet paper to deter an 85-cent uptick in the commodity after the association voted to raise the price. The bakers say that they’ve been trying to request an increase for months and are now at a breaking point. Today, Love News confirmed that a solution is yet to be met, but the parties are expected to meet over the weekend. It’s a situation that Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow says he doesn’t support but understands. Yesterday, Barrow weighed in on the proposed increase and called on GOB to intervene.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Yes well I don’t agree that the bakers have the authority to do that. I believe that that is a controlled good and so only the government can do that. So the government needs to intervene and ensure that the law is followed. I will always have to be on the side of the people. I understand the business community, I understand that business owners have to do what they have to do but the responsibility of the state is to protect the vulnerable, to protect all of its citizens but to protect more than anyone our citizens who are under economic attack. You know poverty has never been so rampant and the suffering and the pain has never been ro rampant. So the government needs to engage the bakers and they need to find a solution that works for the Belizean people and takes into consideration the challenges that the bakers are having.”
Reporter: By extension the merchants who have on their own decided to raise the price of goods and services.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Yes well again that’s because we have a government that does not embrace the challenges, the difficult situations that need to be resolved as in this case with the bakers it was the government that was supposed to come to a solution with the bakers. It does not give them the permission to go beyond the law however the government needs to take its job serious. Nobody asked the government to govern. Nobody went to John Briceno’s house and said “Please be Prime Minister.” Nobody went to any of us to be members of parliament. We went to the Belizean people and so we have a responsibility when we are so privileged to form the government to govern. Governing is difficult, governing is challenging but you have to wake up everyday and you have to wrap your minds around the difficult situations and you have to come up with solutions.”
We’ll keep following this story.