Here at CTV-3 News, we have lost count of the House of Representative meetings from which UDP Orange Walk North area representative has been absent. Our closest estimation puts the number of times at about 8. The absence commenced last year after the scandal broke of his son collecting $400,000 as compensation from the Government for land he had purchased for $15,000 but which was confiscated because the land purchased already had an owner.

We know there are National Assembly rules which prohibit members of parliament from playing “bang hooky” with house meetings, but there has been no known move to reprimand Vega for his continued absence. On Friday, the Prime Minister was asked if he knew why the OW North representative was missing and if there will be any price to pay for his non-appearance.

Screen_Shot_2017-05-15_at_7.57.36_PMRt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize

“Well, first of all, as to his missing that is something you should talk to him about, I don’t know why it is that he has not been attending the meetings but as to penalties, no because as I recollect you would lose your seat if you miss consecutive meetings in a three  month period so am sure he is aware of the rule and he is making very sure that he will not violate the rule, it is my sense that honorable Vega does not intend to give up his constituency, does not intent to resign his seat and I suspect and believe that it is just a matter of time before he starts reappearing in the National Assembly.”

The Prime Minister was also asked if when Vega does show up, whether he will be placed on the back bench, which is where we have seen his name plate shifted to in past meetings. We noted that for the budget debate, the name plate was moved back to the front row, so we didn’t know what to make of the jostling. The PM said the clerk is the blame for that error.

Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize

“I don’t want to wroth the clothes of the National Assembly but nobody gave any instructions for that name plate to be moved and place there and in fact, I asked the Clerk how you came up with that and no satisfactory answer was forthcoming I had it moved so it’s no longer there.”

There has been talk from the PUP about pursuing the recall mechanism on Vega for several reasons, among them his non appearances at House meetings. The Opposition argues that Vega is failing the proper representation of the people of Orange Walk North.

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