Have you seen Johnny Briceno lately?
The man is bubbling, ebullient, full of energy and full of confidence. He is going from village to village all across the country,
At each village the reception is the same. Welcome, Welcome Party Leader. And the news he is receiving is all good. The PUP is on the up. An upliftment of the people’s hope, An upliftment of their spirit.
The corruption riddled government of Dean Barrow have lost the confidence of the people. The incompetence of the government has spread to all corners of the country, the people are not safe. Their children are not safe. The future of the country appears bleak.
But hope is coming back to the people. Working together with a new government is the only solution to the mess that the country finds itself in. The villagers know this.
As Johnny tours the country, village by village, the people are telling him, it’s time for a change. Time to take back the country and create a better Belize for our children.
The renewed energy among our people is the same renewed energy they pass on to the Party Leader. Some even joke with him saying they are proud to be peasants. A reference and a rebuke to the nasty, low-down insult that came out of the mouth of Dean Barrow in a failed attempt to insult Julius Espat in the House of Representatives.
Unlike the arrogant Dean Barrow, Johnny Briceno is a humble, decent and straight forward person. The type of person that will lead Belize on a better road and a better future.
Have you seen Johnny lately?
VACANCY FOR MAGISTRATES
We should start by saying attention Sista B. Since, she is accused of recruiting even judicial personnel.
There is a vacancy for a Magistrate. Actually, there is more than one. For there is no Magistrate in Toledo, none in Independence and none in San Pedro.
Persons wishing to apply need to be qualified. But they must have a letter of recommendation from a UDP Politician. Successful applicants can decide where they wish to work and how much salaries they are to be paid.
We are reliably informed that a medical doctor from Cayo is in jail. He overlooked licensing his personal firearm, which he has licensed every year.
The good doctor did not assault or even use or have the firearm on him. It was safely locked up. We expect police not to know anything about using their discretion but for the Cayo Magistrate to remand a doctor to jail for this, is outrageous.
The doctor explained to the Magistrate on Monday 15th July, 2019 that a team of medical personnel will arrive on Tuesday to do medical work in the villages.
The Magistrate didn’t care.
The doctor is in jail. The medical team is sitting around without their local team leader to guide them in the villages. They must wonder what kind of voodoo law we practice in our courts.
Come on C. J., we expect the courts to function at a higher level than a police station.
THE TRUTH IS AN OFFENCE
Last week Belize’s arrogant and cold-hearted Prime Minister got a dose of his own medicine. He was front and centre in a corruption scandal which involved his government.
Scandal and corruption are nothing new to the UDP government. What was new was that the name Dean Barrow being singled out as knowing, or should have known of the biggest international real estate fraud in the history of the U.S.A’s FTC.
The “massive fraud” and “money laundering” scam as the court document call it, involved one hundred million dollars in U.S currency. It took place through Atlantic International Bank of Belize and involved 1,400 lots in Southern Belize in a scam project called Sanctuary Bay.
This massive fraud/money laundering scam was masterminded by an American felon. This crook is said to have met with several of Dean Barrow’s Cabinet Ministers.
The Court document states that the felon “worked with the Prime Minister of Belize’s law firm Barrow & Williams to create a shell company to help hide assets.”
The Court document claims Dean Barrow met with Sanctuary Bay representatives in August 2016, after the development problems were widely known. Our Prime Minister has denied any knowledge or involvement.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, and Minister Heredia are named in the document. They have so far been silent.
Glenford Ysaguirre is named but he gets half exonerated because from 2016 he wrote Joy Grant, Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, warning her that there was “strong evidence of massive fraud and money laundering occurring through this (Sanctuary) project.”
Shockingly Joy Grant did nothing. At the Dean Barrow personal exoneration press conference, packed with UDP cronies and appointees, Joy Grant offered a lame excuse for not even requesting an investigation from 2016.
More shocking and outrageous, Ysaguirre was removed as Governor of the Central Bank and Joy Grant became the Governor. She still did nothing. She is still the Governor and most observers thought she would have resigned last Wednesday. But nothing.
On Friday 12th July 2019 with the Sanctuary Bay scandal ranging across the country and Dean Barrow’s reputation following the Titanic ship, Barrow and Williams Law Firm issued a public release. A letter addressed to “all media houses” on behalf of Dean Barrow.
This bizarre letter must be aimed at the free press in the country. It can’t be for all media. The UDP has radio, television and newspaper. They would never and could never be reproducing the shocking information contained in the Court documents.
The letter is aimed at Kremandala, Plus TV and Channel 5. It is Barrow’s attempt to muzzle debate and restrict national conversation on the latest, and greatest, scandal surrounding Dean Barrow’s government, which seems to be crawling with crooks and thieves.
The media in Belize have an important duty, protected by the freedom of expression and freedom to communicate ideas and information as stated in our Constitution; that duty is to tell Belizeans what are the allegations against our officials, as contained in the court documents in the U.S.A and to be fair in its reporting.
In Bob Marley’s song JAH LIVE, are the lyrics, “The Truth is an offence, But not a SIN”.
We agree, and add- The Truth Is An Offence, But Not A Crime. The Truth Is An Offence, But Not Defamatory”.
REBELLION IN BELIZE
Belize’s scanty history records that in 1894 there was an “unprecedented riot of forest labourers” in Belize because the greed of local merchants and the riot manifested a lot of anti-white sentiments from Creoles. British troops had to be brought in included Belizeans.
The first World War started in 1914. 500 West Indians enlisted to go to war as part of the British West Indian Regiment. They left for overseas in 1915 and 1916.
In July 1915, British Governor to Belize, Governor Collet, a racist, had said and behaved discriminatory at a reception by refusing to allow a prominent black Belizean H.H. Vernon to attend. A few months after this, a white lawyer and commander of the local military was murdered in what was described as a “brave act.”
In August 1918, the public buildings on Regent Street caught fire which may have been deliberate. Black creoles openly refused to help fight the fire and took the attitude “Let it Burn”.
The Belizean soldiers who were sent to Mesopotamia area (Iraq) as a supporting labour free to white soldiers exposed them to even more racism than in Belize.
The remaining creoles in Belize were continuing to listen to a radical creole named Herbert Hill Cain. Cain had his own newspaper, Belize Independent, which promoted black consciousness, black achievements and exposed injustice against black people in Belize. There was also another newspaper widely circulating among creoles. It was Marcus Garvey’s Negro World printed in the U.S.A.
The World War ended and Belizean soldiers returned home on July 8, 1919. On the night of 22 July 1919, all hell broke loose in Belize City. Imagine, trained, brave black soldiers in a full scale riot in otherwise peaceful and docile Belize City.
The local police did not go against the Belizean soldiers and were later described by the Governor as disloyal.
The riot got out of control when the population started looting and destroying. It was an element of the same Belizean returning soldiers who restored order on the morning of 23rd of July 1919. On the 24th of July, a British warship arrived and the Governor and his white racist colonials could breathe easy again.
The great Marcus Garvey visited Belize. He made three visits to our country. In April 1920, his visit was a huge success and morale booster for creoles. John Young who was 35 years old at the time and who went on to live for 102 years, told this writer Garvey had out-dressed the Governor at a formal event where almost one thousand Belizeans attended.
The Archives in Belmopan record that it was the establishment of Belize Chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association-UNIA, and attracted a membership of 800 creoles with a handful of middle-class creoles accepting positions on the executive: Second vice-president, Benjamin Adderley, Third Vice President Calvert Staine, General Secretary Samuel Haynes, (of course) Herbert Hill Cain was on the executive.
Belizeans should know that the street names on Southside, Belize City such as Euphrates, Amara, Mesopotamia, Kut Avenue, Mosul Street all come from the areas where the Belizean soldiers experienced in Iraq.
Also, the British Government set up an official Commission of Inquiry into what caused little Belize to riot. The Report of the Commission is at the Archives Department and makes for a most interesting read on how black creoles felt towards the white colonial masters and the suffering they had to endure.
If the British were still in charge of Belize, there would be a Commission of Inquiry into Corruption and several Ministers would end up in Hattieville prison, and their ill-gotten gains would be confiscated.
Belize is crying out for a rebellion.