Last week a secret recording was made of the United Democratic Party’s Stann Creek West standard bearer, Melvin Hulse. In the recording Hulse made some unflattering comments about his party leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow. He alleges that the Prime Minister has not been making the best of choices when it comes to leading the country. For his part, the Prime Minister issued a statement today expressing his disappointment in Hulse’s statements which he termed as libel. In his release the Prime Minister states that Hulse would have to explain his comments to the public, the Party and his constituents, and would need to make an apology. While we cannot air most of Hulse’s comments because of their libelous nature, we did get an opportunity to sit down with him earlier today and according to Hulse he has no problem in issuing a public apology.
“For somebody of PM’s caliber, yes, I complained but Dean has always known that, but without reservation, it’s not something I would have ever said on any rostrum, or TV or channel, I was only complaining. I was complaining, they were complaining and they taped me. So, let me address that first part; (1) without any reservation or hesitation, I’m made to understand it mentioned Mahmud; man, look I hope that this doesn’t cause him and his family any flipping thing and I apologize because it was never meant to hurt anybody and definitely, I will apologize to Dean. Hopefully, one day we’ll find out who took a private conversation and tried to hurt the man and put a bad spin on this man’s reputation. I have worked with Dean from 1988; I have never not support him, nor the party or the UDP Government. Yes, it looks bad right now and yes, they are attacking me and I am the one that ran off about it but this is not going to hurt Dean Barrow because nobody can question; nobody has developed this country more than him. So I don’t know why they are creating this problem. I can imagine they air something like this about the man’s character or integrity, you can imagine how his family feels. Without question, I apologize to him and with the same token I can’t just leave the PM by himself. I am a family member of the UDP; have been for a lifetime now and so this in turn makes the party look bad because they aired some horrible things I said about the Party Leader. Now, we go from Prime Minister to Part Leader and there is only a degree of apologies and regret because me, I have never made the UDP party look bad and I would never. The UDP is the UDP. I can say, sitting here, that is who developed and without any reservation from since the UDP started to win in 1984; every development that has come about in Stann Creek West and you know, that is my home, has been under UDP and I’m sorry if Stann Creek West people got caught up in it because they end up now where you hear the Standard Bearer having attacked the leader and making the party look bad but Stann Creek West are solid people; they know I am a workaholic they know that I run off. So, I apologize if they end up being in a limbo or end up feeling like that I really feel bad about that.”