Leader-elect for the United Democratic Party, Patrick Faber, was seen in Southern Belize this past weekend as he embarked on a tour of the Toledo District. His goal was to promote unity within the party and to show the residents that the UDP is ready for the upcoming general elections. He also spoke about working alongside his former competitor, John Saldivar. Our Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung met up with him and sent this report.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Minister Patrick Faber in his capacity as UDP party leader elect yesterday completed a working tour to the Toledo district. While in Punta Gorda Love News caught u[ with Minister Patrick Faber.
Hon. Patrick Fabe, UDP Party Leader Elect: “On Friday night I visited with the folks from Stann Creek West where we had a very good meeting at the Independence Auditorium and today I have had the opportunity to visit several villages in the Toledo West constituency I took the time to visit Medina Bank, Golden Stream and Indian Creek and we had a wonderful meeting at the dump at Julian Cho Auditorium. Now we’re having this meeting at the TCC Auditorium here in Punta Gorda Town and the purpose of my visit is to firstly say thank you to the fateful of the UDP that have supported me but even those who did not support me and of course in this I make the rallying cry for unity in our party. You will know Paul that Minister John Saldivar who was my chief opponent in the convention for the leadership of the party he and I have now joined hands and in fact we have now unified our efforts in terms of using our energies so that we’re able to view in fact the People’s United Party our opposition as our common target now. So it is the message of unity that we bring to all who want to hear it in these parts of the country and of course it gives me a chance as the new party leader to signal to folks that I am fighting fit and ready to lead this party and that we’re calling on all our troops. So these meetings include some of our past folks who were once very much involved in the work of the party and may have gone a bit dormant we are trying our very best to ensure that everybody understands that it requires all hands on deck if we are to win these elections.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: During concluding moments of his meetings several members of the audience made use of the opportunity to publicly congratulate Minister Faber on his recent victory as the UDP party leader elect while other asked questions and expressed concerns especially regarding bad road conditions leading to and in several rural communities in Toledo. Minister Faber was accompanied during his working tour in this district by Toledo East and West UDP standard bearers Dr.Simeon Coc and Denis Garbutt.