Belize City: Thursday 9th January 2019
On March 7th, 2018 Municipal Elections, the United Democratic Party (UDP) were elected to serve in the Punta Gorda Town Council. They were swept into office by the skin of their teeth after purportedly bribing the electorate with dollar phones, corn flakes and rum.
However, last week their dolly-house fell apart.
That is because Deputy Mayor Franklin “Kranka” Polonio and Councilor Kevin Choc submitted their immediate resignations. Information to Belize Times, is that Polonio had grown frustrated with the incompetent leadership at the council. We note that he was first elected to office in 2015 with councilor turned mayor, Ashton McKenzie.
In both elections Polonio he collected more votes than McKenzie.
According to those in Polonio’s circle, he is more charismatic and involved in the community than Mckenize. His followers believe that he is also more mature than the 20 something year old youth that he must call his Mayor. Polonio’s supporters have even indicated that unlike Mayor Mckenzie who was busted with contraband, Polonio has a clean record. His associates have indicated that he wants to be the Mayor of Punta Gorda town and he is not willing to wait.
He believes he is more competent for the task ahead.Sources inside Polonio’s camp have also indicated that Mayor McKenzie has not built a single new street in a municipality rocked by potholes. Mayor McKenzie has been dubbed a sitting duck mayor who has not done anything to uplift the lives of Punta Gorda residents. Polonio’s supporters say that it is his time now and things must be done either his way or the highway.
And so that is why he submitted his resignation along with Councilor Choc who too share his sentiments.
After word of their resignations surfaced the United Democratic Party scrambled into action to prevent a bye election. That was when it became clear that the cause for the resignation was even deeper rooted.
In addition to Polonio’s selfish ambition, was the crushed ambition of Mayor McKenzie.
In a meeting with UDP Chairman, Alberto August, it was revealed that he wanted to run for the standard bearer convention held in Punta Gorda.
However, he was disallowed and was told to prove himself first at the municipal level.
With his tough headedness he threw his support behind a contender who lost the election to Dennis Garbutt who was supported by Polonio.
When Mckenzie’s candidate lost the convention and Polonio’s one it widened the rift between the two and McKenzie began to become afraid of his own shadow fearing that in the next election he would be kicked off the slate and replaced by Polonio at the helm.
According to Chairman of the UDP, Alberto August, things are back to normal inside the PG town council.
But at this newspaper we know otherwise.