We are five days away from the United Democratic Party’s convention. Those vying for the party leader position are Minister of National Security, John Saldivar and Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. As it stands now there are allegations of corruption cast against Saldivar and some are saying that Faber too was involved. Faber responded today that he has never received any campaign funding from any associate and is also a supporter of Campaign Financing Legislation.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize: “I can tell you that categorically in no the same manner in which I can tell you about the Danny Mason issue, I have never received monies from them nor have I ever received those large sums of money from any donor politically. That leads me to other issues of course of campaign finance reform which I think is very important. I’ve seen where these issues can really cripple us and I put that on the record that I am all for campaign finance reform. As it relates to my knowing him, yes I knew him as is the case and I only met him in passing, not a single conversation, not a kind of communication regularly, certainly no text messages as I saw the Associated Belize Press generate an entire document to say that the text messages were actually between Kingston and me; that is absolutely fabricated and of course that was the only media entity or so called media entity that found that document, nobody else found that document so it has to mean that that is fraudulent site, a site that is really putting out information that is incorrect. As to your wanting me to comment on the back and forth so to speak, I’ve never posted anything negative about any of my colleagues, in fact you know that at the time of my convention on September first we carried through that entire convention without mentioning anything about my opponent. We don’t engage in negative campaigning and my response was to the Associated Belize Press and if you have information as to who is running that then you can ask those people. If it happens to be one of my colleagues then please provide me with that information.”
Apart from these allegations being made he is also facing criticism on his past records. Faber noted that he is aware of these criticisms but they do not hamper him from campaigning.
In the light of these scandals, it appears that the party has received a black eye. According to Faber, these scandals will not affect the party and he believes that they will win for a fourth term.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize: “Our delegates and in fact the wider number of people in our party are very concerned about our chances to win the next election so anything that hampers us from doing that. One of the things that I have clearly seen and it is overwhelming is that the delegates and the wider people in the party don’t want the kind of divisive actions that are now very much characteristic of this campaign and so the appeal by the party officials continue for us to try to keep as civil as possible a campaign as we move into Sunday and I have tried all that I could do in order to make sure that that happens., it is a sustained and continuous effort. You notice there are some matters that I don’t speak about at all even though you try to prod me to do it. I don’t speak on them not because I’m afraid of those issues but I believe sometimes we can deal with those matters internally for the party. It is not that I don’t believe these matters are important I try to address them in other ways rather than blasting our party because the job of bringing things back together will be so very important. But on the specific matter of scandals and so on I try to keep positive and run my own campaign. I try not to campaign on what others have done but more on what I have done and I have tried to use my record as somebody who has moved up the ranks in my own party I don’t think that anybody can dispute that, I have done all the journeys in terms of positions in this party.”