BPF open letter to Hon. J. Briceño and Rt. Hon. P.M.
For: Press Release
Date: February 18, 2020
As the leader of the Belize People’s Front, a legally recognized political party in Belize, I wish to express my disappointment with both parties at this time. In the case of the PUP Leader feigning outrage at the recently revealed misdoings of Hon. Saldivar that has stained the UDP with scandal yet again. Feigning is a word not lightly used after consideration. You see Mr. Opposition Leader, the very last person in Belizean politics who should scold any Government Administration would be yourself, in the name of your own disgraced party. After so much excess in the Musa Administration, and no need to list the numerable offenses, you never said a single word to condemn the administration while you were in it or after that administration fell in disgrace in 2008. You Sir, for all your pompous outrage have offered the Belizean people nothing worth considering to change the lack of transparency and malfeasance in government. How can you, do such accusations, while you were in the Ministry of Natural Resources, as its head, swirled at your very doorstep. Sir, I dare say that even if you were successful, to our collective regret, become the next Prime Minister of Belize, you will not do a thing to punish any of the infractions you so pathetically accuse the Barrow Administration of. Yes, that is my prediction. The entire nation knows of your hypocrisy indeed in daring to berate anyone about corruption. The public can take a hint in your campaign. Your current campaign for office has one single message. That message simply being that it’s PUP turn to have the spoils of Belize. Your campaign promises nothing but more of the same.
The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister in your response you simply took aim at the opposition, castigating Hon. John Briceño for hypocrisy to deflect from your current lead in the scandal of Hon. John Saldivar. Your hastily called convention which you could have put off for only one single week, was a rush to elect the leader who at the time you supported, even if tacitly. You would have spared Belize a stressful period in its history had you only waited for the trial in Utah, USA to reveal evidence. You and your Cabinet showed extremely poor judgement in going full steam ahead with that glamorous Convention. A few hours short of three days your elected leader, who the majority of your Cabinet supported fervently, would be called upon by yourself to resign the position you rushed to have him win. Our entire nation wants to know Sir, Why?
Mr. P.M. you came into office after giving the people of Belize so much hope for change, transparency and accountability with your famous machete. It looks like you had a butter knife rather than a machete as you ended up the same as your predecessor having to protect your own Ministers from justice and in doing so, neglected the wide mandate the people of Belize gave you. You are nothing but Hon. Said Musa 2.0 at this point with your career as our P.M. fizzling with each passing election. Sir, sadly you even backed out on restoring the rights of born Belizeans who have attained another citizenship after the age of 18. To rub salt on that wound, you welcome Denny Grijalva into your fold. Born Belizeans only wish for the same rights you give to Grijalva and you and the UDP and the PUP have denied them their rights. BPF has no qualms about giving the same rights to born Belizeans with dual citizenship as we do to all other nationals who make Belize their home without requiring them to give one or the other up.
Rt. Hon. Sir, you have disappointed Belizeans at home and abroad to a great extent. Now you and your party are asking for another term to sit and do nothing while ignoring the unfair enrichment by your Ministers and their families and the UDP Cronies. But I wish to assure you, that you are not alone in that class, Hon. John Briceño is hereby sent to the back of the class to keep you company.
Both the UDP and the PUP have played a game of my turn to hold the nation’s spoils and you and your Ministers have become millionaires as a result. The people of Belize must be incredibly frustrated. But rest assured gentlemen. When the BPF takes the reins of government we will investigate and if we find wrongdoing; we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. We promise you both, that wherever we find wrongdoings, no one will be protected from the law. We promise the transparency you never delivered Mr. Barrow, we will bring a real machete to the Government to cut off the head of corruption, where you Mr. Barrow had a butter knife. Mr. Briceño, you sound pathetic. All of Belize knows your hypocrisy and seek a genuine choice, such as the Belize People’s Front.