The biggest news coming out of the political arena over the last twenty-four hours is the retirement of the Right Honorable Said Musa. The veteran politician suffered a stroke earlier this year and has been on the road to recovery. Many had speculated this to be the end of his political career but Musa was hopeful to make a comeback in time for the November elections. This is not the case, however, as the political giant has decided to retire from electoral politics. Love News spoke with Musa’s son, Kareem on his father’s decision to retire.
Kareem Musa, Area Representative, Caribbean Shores: “It’s a very difficult decision primarily because politics runs in his blood and he gets a real sense of fulfillment being able to help the people of his constituency and of course the wider Belizean community. It has been an incredible run for him, an incredible journey that he is truly thankful for for all the support that he has received over the years but at the same time itis a relief. As you know he’s a little bit up there in age, he suffered a stroke earlier this year and while he has been making marked improvement in his physiotherapy, in his speech, at the same time he knows that coming up to an election he would have to be on the ground house to house campaigning and he thought that it would be best to serve the people by supporting a young and dynamic leader in the constituency to carry on the good work that he has ben doing for all these years. As I understand it the Fort George Constituency Committee will be meeting this evening to decide on the next candidate to represent the good people of the Fort George Constituency and like myself in Caribbean Shores I am sure that the successor will have that incredible good will, the structure of the party, the machinery is there and certainly the individual who is likely to become the successor and to take over the division is the Chairman of the party. Now if you know the Chairman of the party Henry Charles he has done incredible ground work in the Fort George constituency touching base with the people. He has been there with my father all along the way and so if it is that the committee chooses Henry Charles I can tell you that he is already in that division working that division, has that energy, has that youth on his side and most certainly will continue in the legacy and tradition of the Right Honorable Said Musa.”
Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) held a virtual press conference this afternoon to speak on Musa’s retirement among other party matters other national issues.
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party: “Former Prime Minister or Former Party Leaders stepping down as a standard bearer affect the party? I don’t think so and I say this simply because there was no – he was not forced out. There was no shenanigans or plotting or whatever it is to try to get Mr.Musa out. Mr.Musa is an elderly statesman in the party and highly respected and highly loved across the length and breadth of the party not only from the PUPs but from Belizeans on a whole. And so that people are saying that Mr.Musa has had a health issue, a slight stroke in the month of May and it is obvious that it would have been very difficult for him to run in those conditions so he’s doing the right thing and at the same time he’s giving the party not him he’s giving the party an opportunity to choose another candidate that can best represent the people of Fort George and that can best deliver that seat for the People’s United Party.”
While on the ground in the Fort George Division we met up with Justin Snapp, a young voter and resident of that area. Snap spoke of Musa’s contribution to the division and who he hopes will replace the Musa.
Justin Snapp, Voter: “I am looking forward to seeing who they’re going to select as the next area representative. All of us in Fort George was hoping that we would see Mr.Henry Charles Usher and moving Fort George and the People’s United Party forward.”