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Francis Fonseca

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 8:16 am CST.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015. BMG: Today, the People’s United Party (PUP) will try again to have a full meeting of the National Executive and party standard bearers at Independence Hall in Belize City.

In the wake of public revelations where twelve standard bearers raised concerns about the party’s direction, called for an immediate National Convention; the restructuring of partyfrancis fonseca bodies such as the National Executive, and a countrywide presentation of PUP policy, party leader Francis Fonseca has said he is prepared to listen – but not to anything that threatens party unity ahead of the general election.

Appearing on PLUS TV‘s Rise and Shine on Tuesday morning, Fonseca said he would be “fair” but “firm” with his standard bearers, as he wants them to be engaged in the party’s work. However, he warned that, “People out there don’t have any time to be paying attention to the games that some people are playing within the P.U.P.

People have very little patience for that. They don’t want to hear that. They want to hear that we are fighting together, that we are working together, that we have an agenda for change and that’s why we are here today to talk about that agenda, so I have very little patience for that.”

Regarding his leadership style, Fonseca admits that he has at times been “too soft” and relied too much on listening rather than exhibiting “strong leadership” as he characterizes rival leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. But he will not change that style, he said, as it is important that those with “good faith” concerns about the Party be listened to.

What he will not tolerate, he said, is anyone bringing “their own agendas fueled by others outside of the Party who pup logowant to destabilize the PUP and make us lose the elections. And I will fight against that. I will protect the Party against that and do whatever it takes. I am prepared to work with everybody. I am willing to work with anybody but I will not allow anyone or any group of people to undermine the great legacy of this People’s United Party, no matter who they are.”

BMG has been reliably informed that the G12 met last night in Orange Walk and will be boycotting today’s National Executive Meeting. The G12 is also receiving support from Micah ‘Pride Determination Resilience’ Goodin who claimed that Yasmin Shoman forced herself to replace him to represent the PUP in Collet.

Breaking information reaching BMG’s news desk a short while ago is that the only elected PUP mayor, Kevin Bernard of Orange Walk, will throw his full support behind the demands being made by the G12 and will release a public statement today.


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