An issue that was fully overlooked from last week Friday’s House of Representatives meeting was the return of Cayo South area representative Hon. Julius Espat to the House. Since his forced suspension in August 26th, when he was removed violently by members of the Police force, the lobby for Espat’s return has been led by UDP representative Michael Finnegan. In fact, upon returning to his seat in the House, Espat gave Finnegan recognition and then went on to lash out at the Government for neglecting the people of Cayo South. This wasn’t well received by the PM, who seemed so disturbed by Espat’s words that he served a tongue-lashing.
Honourable Julius Espat – Area Representative Cayo South
“Madame Speaker, just like to say thanks for the Honourable Finnegan to make this possible. They come here today saying we need to back up the PM because of this and this and that, Madam Speaker what happens when our constituencies needs the services they don’t look at us that way, they are arrogant, they are disrespectful, they don’t even consider what we propose, they don’t even allow us to speak what we need to speak in this honourable house and that happened in the past Madam Speak all I am saying is that if the Prime Minister wants true bipartisan approach to many issues he has to respect this side, he has to respect this side and I am saying it again why because we represent people. I heard members on the other side saying we need to penalize these people from doing wrong and then they speak of democracy Madam Speaker and it is even difficult for me to even sit here and listen to these words coming from the other side Madam Speaker when we are listening to the words democracy and just a couple days ago a Senior public servant indicated to the country of Belize that we are living in a fraud, it was a fraudulent election in 2012 that has us here and that is not democracy. Madam speaker it is a difficult environment to be in right now where we are laughing and where we have silly greens but the reality is Madam Speaker is people in our constituency from the rural communities have nothing to laugh about because they don’t have fat salaries like the gentlemen on the other side they don’t have the perks.”
Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize
“I don’t know why the member has to be such an irascible ill-tempered, nobody was laughing at the member for Toledo West we were laughing with each other, it was all in good human he certainly entered into the spirit of it why you have to come like this wert blanket. You know there is a fellow that has died now and who said I don’t think it’s possible to have a sense of tragedy if you don’t have a sense of humour, you said so much that is so absolutely relevant and forceful, and constitutes I believe great advocacy on the part of your people but you really spoil it by acting as though it is an occasion to be a scold, my goodness given the spirit of what was taking place is just before you got up, please lighten up a little.”
We suspect that Hon. Julius Espat will continue to be a thorn on the side of the P.M.