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UDP Delroy Debacle: Is really what’s good for the goose, good for the gander?

Yesterday, we heard from UDP Chairman, Senator Michael Peyrefitte on the complaint, which is seeking to trigger an appearance by former Press Secretary Delroy Cuthkelvin before the party’s ethics committee. Senator Peyrefitte explained that he has received that complaint and he forwarded it to the Central Executive, who will ultimately determine if the hearing will take place. Yesterday, the chairman was asked about a similar complaint, which was lodged against former party leader, John Saldivar back in August last year. For context, we rebroadcast that portion of the Monday interview. 

Letters our newsroom has seen have shown that on August 12, 2021, former Cayo South area rep, Ramon Witz and former Belmopan Mayor Simeon Lopez had also asked for the reprimanding of Saldivar for what both Witz and Lopez called malicious slandering of the party leader. At that time, Patrick Faber was leading the UDP. They also cite the situation, which triggered Saldivar’s resignation as leader, 72 hours after he was elected. To the best of our knowledge, no such process to force Saldivar to appear before the ethics committee was triggered. Senator Peyrefitte, as you’ve just heard, said the letters were not specific in their complaints. However, both letters said that Saldivar’s posts against Faber violated Article 7(11) of the party’s constitution. Both letters were copied to Faber and vice chairman, Alberto August.