Thursday, March 12, 2015.AARON HUMES Reporting: The People’s United Party (PUP) was searching for common cause following last Wednesday’s landslide defeat in the municipal elections and the release of a secret recording of a private conversation involving former leader and Orange Walk Central area representative John Briceno.
But on Wednesday at a joint National Executive and Parliamentary Caucus meeting held by the party at its headquarters at Independence Hall, the party built on the tentative expressions of support given by members in the wake of the elections defeat.
Party Leader Francis Fonseca had a message both for party faithful and the public at large which looks to the PUP as an alternative to the current administration.
He stated that the party had for the most part hashed out its differences and looked forward to working together to reverse its political fortunes, adding that it understood the magnitude of the work to be done to halt a red tide that has claimed consecutive general elections and three straight municipal elections.
According to Fonseca, the party’s self-examination process continues and none will be spared.
The airing of the conversation between Briceno and his confidants in which he aired many grievances with the past administration is a confirmation for some of the PUP’s internal divisions being possibly too great to overcome and for others an unfortunate betrayal at the worst possible time for the party.
Briceno can be counted among the latter, as earlier this week he sent out a short statement lamenting the invasion of his privacy.
He briefly expanded on that yesterday in what he says will be his only public comments on the matter saying that he was disappointed by the “betrayal” he suffered by persons he thought he could trust.
While not denying the truth of the comments he maintained that he is loyal to the PUP and believes they are the party to properly and effectively govern Belize.
Fonseca repeated that the party considers the matter internal and not for public view, but indicated that Briceno would not likely face disciplinary charges for his actions.
Former PUP leader and Prime Minister Said Musa took the opportunity to both refute Briceno’s charges against him and chastise the media for paying what he believes is too much attention to the issue.
While insisting that Briceno’s charges were false, he says he is satisfied with today’s discussion and has reached a consensus, like the rest of the party, to move forward.
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