The press conference held today by the UDP dealt with several national issues ranging from the judiciary to land issues and the recent termination of workers in the transport sector. Leader of the Opposition Faber noted that political victimization has been rampant since the Briceno administration took over.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Opposition Leader: “When it is we find that the government is putting forward measures that are constructive and that are productive for Belize’s development we are here to support those measures but when it is that we find that the government is putting forward measures that are bad for Belize you will most definitely hear from us. We listened to the Prime Minister who was then campaigning, as Honorable Shyne said, speak about some of what the past administration was doing poorly, in fact he complained that the administration was borrowing $30 million a month, $1 million a day. Well Mr. Prime Minister, months later we still have not heard your plan. In fact we have heard of firings and indeed there are hundreds, in fact our shadow cabinet personnel or people from this gathering have been gathering names and we intend to share those names with the media the many people that have lost their jobs as a result of the government’s firings. This is to me the only agenda that they’ve put forward and I don’t know that it can be said this agenda that they’re pushing is necessarily to save money in order to invest in COVID-19 measures in fact it is more that it is political victimization as my colleagues have said. In fact if you listen to the words of the minister with responsibility for transport the Honorable Rodwell Ferguson he made it very clear, he was very blatant that he has so many voters in his constituency who now need to eat and so they need to get a job; that kind of thing is absolutely unacceptable and we didn’t heard a much better answer from the Prime Minister himself. So we’re hearing that that is their plan to try to fix things. I know that they have been embarking on discussions with the various different entities I know for instances discussions with the Public Service Union and maybe even the teachers union if it’s not happened yet it will happen soon and they’re trying to discuss matters but they’re also playing a political game. You see the municipal elections are at hand and they don’t want to push these measures. If it is Mr. Prime Minister that it is costing you $1 million a day why is it that almost now three months into your term nothing has changed ? You continue to find that million dollars in fact one member of the media indeed asked that question and he did not relent from it he owned to the fact that he still continue to borrow at least million dollars a day in order to pay these salaries but he’s afraid to make any kind of major moves because he’s afraid of the outcome of the election. He’s afraid that he will be brought out to be disingenuous as we’ve always said.”