Thursday, August 27th 2015. BMG: Former Minister and Stann Creek West area representative Melvin Hulse has parted ways with the United Democratic Party, after seemingly mending fences following the publication of his recording attacking party leader Dean Barrow and other senior party officials.
Hulse now says he and the party are “on a different page” and that he has prioritized helping his former constituents. He points out that if he sees injustice among his former colleagues it is his duty to point it out.
Hulse explained that his people have been shut out of various opportunities including schooling, jobs and others because of their perceived association with him. He, Hulse, has “ceased to be a Belizean” because of his criticisms of the Party – but he refuses to back down.
This is Hulse’s description of a Placencia land grab condoned by the Government: Dat dah fu the people of Placencia. We got it surveyed. The north side ended up with about forty-one lots. We were instructed that the people can only get thirty-one. The Minister said only thirty-one we could give out, so okay… we gave out thirty-one to the people of Placencia. We got it authenticated, people got their leases, took everlasting to put it in the system…madafish…like they mi wah give and tek. It got in the system. Eventually they got purchase price…and so the people got purchase price, they borrowed money to pay their purchase price…the couple who built their houses borrowed money and built their house. I managed to get some money and built the street. The street deh deh. And now they have been told – we wah cancel all of that. We noh wah give unu title because somehow or other we give dis bally a title for it when unu mi got lease…title to the forty-one lots. Suddenly a title has been resurrected – 2012-2013 – a title for that flipping land to a Jamaican. Madafish…I mean, done acquired. Now everyone has been called by the Ministry to say forget it…don’t try to start to build cause we’re taking it back cause we lost a case in Court. Lost which case in which court?”
Hulse intends to continue his advocacy.
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