The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, has started his countrywide tour in the Cayo District. His goal is to meet with residents and address their concerns. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz met up with him over the weekend and filed this report.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: As a part of the upcoming general elections the leader of the People’s United Party, Honorable Johnny Briceno, has started his countrywide tour. Honorable Briceno was in the nation’s capital city Belmopan today where we caught up with him and asked about his countrywide tour.
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party: “Thank you brother Fem. We started the PUP national tour this week and we’re starting out in the west and we have been in Cayo West, Cayo Central and today in Belmopan. I’m very excited about the response we’re getting, people want change. People feel that the UDP government has defrauded them, has lied to them, that the UDP, the Prime Minister in his arrogance now has saddled this country with debt of over seven hundred and fifty million dollars for illegally taking away companies from private companies and we have to pay for that and people are saying there’s so much we can do with that money. People believe that this UDP has been about infrastructure and they use the infrastructure so they can hustle. The People’s United Party is different, we are a party about people. We are here to serve the people and we are going to work every single day to ensure that every child can go to school, that our hospitals are well equipped, that we can grow the economy and that we can create jobs for everyone. By creating jobs we fight crime because many instances people go into crime because they feel a sense of hopelessness and helplessness and we have to change that in this country and the People’s United Party is going to change that.”
Our Cayo Correspondent also spoke with the PUP Standard Bearer for Belmopan, Oscar Mira.
Oscar Mira, PUP Standard Bearer: “It is a privilege and it’s also an honor to have the party leader here in Belmopan. It is not always that I have that privilege so today I took advantage of that and not only did we have some private meetings but we went to campaign in the Pisini area of Belmopan and we did some house to house campaigning and the sentiment is overwhelmingly for change. We have met some who have not registered as yet and it is because they feel that helplessness of “Why is it that I need to register?” and we have been encouraging them because if you register then you will be able to go and make that change when the time comes. So we encourage everyone in Belmopan who has not registered as yet to make the time go and register. It is your right and as a citizen I think it is something that you should do as a citizen of Belize to go and register. I’m appealing to everyone register and whenever the elections are called then you will be in a position to go and cast your vote.”