The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) has issued an official release expressing their opposition to Wil Maheia’s candidacy in the Fort George Division. The news of their disapproval surfaced last week when an internal memorandum was leaked to the public. Today, however, the party issued a statement reiterating their concerns that Maheia’s candidacy could bring more problems than solutions. According to the BPM their primary concern has to do with the redistricting case currently before the Supreme Court. Love News spoke with Maheia this morning for his comments on the BPM’s position.
Will Maheia, Belize Progressive Party: “The Belize Peace Movement is made up of UDPS, PUPs, VIPs, BPPs it’s made up of Belizeans so of course you’ll have elements within there who will be pushing their own agenda and if you look at the letter that went out you’ll see that not even the entire executive have signed off on the letter so you can see clearly that it’s elements who have their own agenda. And again you have heard from the learned Attorney Kareem Musa who have basically gone on record who did an interview with your station saying he doesn’t see how this would influence the outcome of the case and we’ve spoken with other attorneys as well. So I think it’s just mischief makers, elements within the Belize Peace Movement which is a group that I continue to belong to who have members in there like Patrick Rogers who was not consulted about this press release that gone out- you know I’m sure they consulted members of other parties but man like Patrick Rogers was never consulted and so I just look at it like look the BPM should be about educating the people about the injustice and unfairness in the election cycle and in the election process and we just need to stick to that and I would advise those guys to continue to lets educate the public about how unjust the election system is in Belize.”
Maheia also spoke on the needs that the Fort George residents require.
Will Maheia, Belize Progressive Party: “Fort George has so much potential it has the fishing CoOp, it has the sea front there yet the level of property that exists within certain parts of Fort George which when you look at the big pictures is one of the richest divisions in the country of Belize yet you have people in there who don’t know where their next meal is coming from so I believe that I can make a difference to help these people in the Fort George division there is so much potential there. I mean how many huge tourism buildings that are used you have the Belize Audubon Society in there, you have the BTIA office in there, you have the Radisson in the Fort George but how many people from the Fort George division are actually working in these areas ? That’s my question and my fight will be to ensure that the people of Forte George get jobs and get training that will prepare them for jobs in this area. You know I think that if you go to any one of those offices that I just mentioned right now and you will see that the people of ort George are not in those offices, we need to get them in there.”
Love News sought a comment from Robert Lopez of the Belize Peace Movement. Initially, he had agreed to give us an interview but after hearing Maheia’s comment Lopez texted our reporter saying, quote, “We just heard Wil’s interview on Love midday news. The BPM does not want to get into a back & forth with him. Our release will suffice for the moment. Thank you for your kind understanding.” End of quote.