While the Minister of Education strongly does not fear that this latest incident could tarnish his political career or even cause him to be suspended by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he was certainly chastised by the women of the People’s United Party. In a release issued today the Women of the PUP, the United Women’s Group, the Women Standard Bearers of the PUP, the Party Leader and National Executive of the Party call on the Prime Minister to at the very least suspend Minister Faber from Cabinet pending the outcome of a full and proper investigation into this matter.
In the release the PUP sates that they appalled and profoundly troubled by the incident which took place at the Lord’s Bank home of the Honorable Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Member for the Collet Division, involving him and a female employee of the Ministry of Education. In the release the women also condemn the actions of the police department by stating that what is even worse is that the Belize Police Department contends that in fact no report exists, while simultaneously saying that it was actually withdrawn, and that the Department will therefore not investigate the matter any further. “Police have a duty to investigate all the circumstances of the matter, interview any witnesses and ensure that the report made to the department was not withdrawn either under duress or any promise of either fear or favor by anyone, states the release.
The women believe that Faber must give a full and truthful statement to the Police about the incident and he cannot simply pretend that it is a private matter. The release ends by the women of the party calling on the National Women’s Commission, as well all NGOs who advocate on behalf of women and against violence, and also on all Belizeans to join in demanding that a full investigation into the incident by the Belize Police Department is conducted and to denounce any attempt to cover up or ignore the matter.
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