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LOO Says GOB Mishandled the Death of Late Myrna Manzanares

Another issue the Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber raised was how the late Myrna Manzanares was treated by the Briceno Government. As you will remember, the cultural icon and Artist Emeritus, died in December after suffering a stroke. Faber said today that the Government should have given Miss Myrna an official funeral as was the case of other key figures in Belizean culture. Faber contends that Myrna was snubbed because she was a supporter of the UDP.

Faber, who was Minister of Culture in the Barrow administration, not only oversaw Manzanares’s becoming Artist Emeritus, but also was able to work out an arrangement for her home. The agreement was that Miss Myrna got to live in the home until she passed and after that, her home would be turned into a museum for Kriol culture and would be managed by NICH. Faber today reiterated the need for the government to fulfill this commitment to preserve this important aspect of the Belizean identity.