Senator, Ashely Rocke, the senate representative for the churches has been under much scrutiny after Wednesday’s surprising turn of events where he voted against the motion for an independent senate investigation into the nationality and immigration scandal after the churches’ position was seemingly in favor of the motion.


The reprisal against Senator Rocke was instantaneous with the Catholic Bishop, Dorrick Wright urging the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches and the other members of the Belize Council of Churches to take steps to remove him. That call for his removal was echoed by the National Evangelical Association of Belize.


Following yesterday’s meeting, with P.M Barrow in Belize City the media spoke to senator Rocke, who claims to be willing to step down if it is the wish of those he represents


Reporter


"This call has been for your removal as Senator; what's your response to something like that seeing as though it is so strong and so wide spread?"


RockAshley Rocke - Senator for the Churches


"The call for my removal is not an issue with me. I took up this responsibility, I did what I had to do and if the church or anybody think that I don't belong there, that doesn't bother me."


Reporter


"Would you step down gracefully if a vote of no confidence is given against you?"


Ashley Rocke - Senator for the Churches


"Naturally; there are two entities I represent, I represent the Council of Churches and I represent the Belize Evangelical Association of Churches."


Reporter


"So you are willing if the Catholic Church who is a member of the Council of Churches and the wider National Evangelical Association comes together and say they have lost confidence in you, you are willing to fight them into represent the minority who may express their views and support for you?"


Ashley Rocke - Senator for the Churches



"No fight. Like I told you, I took this on if they want to take it away I walk away."


Reporter


"This call for Ashley Rocke's removal as Senator for the churches what's your response on it? Is it something that you would entertain?"


Pastor Howell Longsworth - President, Belize Evangelical Assoc. of Churches


"Of course certainly not; the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches met in an emergency meeting and we have completely supported our Senator's position to remain. We met today with the Council of Churches and they too have agreed not to withdraw the Senator and that's it."


Reporter


"Sir how would you answer to the criticism that for a large membership of the former members of the BAEC, still wants his resignation?"


Pastor Howell Longsworth - President, Belize Evangelical Assoc. of Churches


"Do bad they are not authorised only the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches and the Council of Churches are the two authorised bodies to pick our Senator which we did and so it remains and we are not withdrawing that."

 

Reporter


"Clarify for us sir you just said that you've met with your membership and the Belize Council of Churches and the consensus is Ashley Rocke will remain?


Pastor Howell Longsworth - President, Belize Evangelical Assoc. of Churches


"Yes and not only the Evangelical Council but the whole entire Baptist Association has agreed along with us to ensure that he remains in that position."

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