Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “There are still some little house cleaning that needs to be done there but in any event – and so as a consequence of that I can’t say much on the proceedings until that is concluded. I will say however that the hearing was held on the 19th of April, 11:30 A.M and my attorneys essentially conveyed that the petitioners now intend to discontinue their claim and have failed to file the proper documentation to comply with the procedure required because there is a court procedure when you withdraw such a claim. Consequently the court based on what my attorneys conveyed to me has set a date by which the petitioners are now to file those necessary documentation after which there would be a subsequent hearing on the 12th of May 2021 to bring an end to the matter. But by and large it’s just procedural matters that need to be cleared out and closed off to end that claim.”
Reporter: So any point before getting to this juncture did it make you feel uncertain or perhaps unstable because of the attempt to remove you from that seat ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “No. From the outset I believe that it was a politics as usual and so I didn’t have that play much a role in determining and really changing my focus. My focus was to ensure that my team and I formed the next council at City Hall and we did that overwhelmingly as I had always stated that the court had its day and the people also had its day.”
Reporter: Alright so it’s basically full steam ahead from here.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Full steam ahead. There’s a lot of work to be done and politics season is ended and that is how I look at it and we have to as a council and as a city and as a people really get to work that is what the people voted for us. We have a lot of outstanding issues that we need to address.”
Mayor Wagner added that the matter taken by the opposition before the courts is a waste of time and resources. He says there are far greater issues to address.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We have a lot of outstanding issues that we need to address. The people want better infrastructure, people want greater opportunities, people are looking towards how can my city turn an economic machinery that really begins to drive employment and drive local economic development within the city given the fact that over 60,000 people countrywide lost jobs due to the COVID ? So at the end of the day people don’t want to hear about elections, the season is over, they want us to get to work and that is what we are trying to do here at City Hall.”