Opposition Leader Moses Shyne Barrow Walks Out of House Meeting
Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow, did not seem much in a fighting mood today as the House of Representatives convened in Belmopan. Instead, Barrow chose to walk out before the session was done, saying that it made no sense in staying when he and his colleagues were not being heard.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “The attempts by the Speaker and the government to suppress the voice of the opposition, as you can see the member from Alberts is trying to make a point they told her that she can’t talk about that matter because it was discussed extensively. We talk about the same things over and over, the economy, healthcare, all of these issues recycle. So again there’s an attempt to suppress the voice of the opposition when I rose to talk about redistricting which is a very serious matter.”
Reporter: But it’s sub júdice. Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “No, the decision in the court was made. The court made a decision, the parties agreed. That is a settlement. That means that matter is settled unless there is a violation of the consent order. So it is not a live matter before the court. And the standing order says, “reference shall not be made to any matter on which a judicial decision is pending.” There is no decision pending. What is pending is compliance with the decision that has already been rendered. There’s no purpose in me being in there when my voice is being stifled. My colleague tried to speak and she’s being stifled so I prefer to speak to the fourth estate.”
We’ll have more from today’s Sitting of the House of Representatives later in this newscast.