Senator Smith speaks on Minister’s conduct

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Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2017. 9:41 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Following the blatantly disrespectful conduct of Ministers Edmond Castro and Anthony Martinez at the Senate Inquiry this week, Pro-Ten Chair of the Senate Special Select Committee, Elena Smith, condemned their behavior by saying that it was unjustified.

Smith, who held over for committee chair, Aldo Salazar, said that neither she nor the other Senators, expected two seated ministers to be disrespectful to the committee, who were simply doing their job.

Smith said that it was understandable that the ministers would have issues with the testimony of Alvarine Burgess, the witness who testified under oath that both men received $2000 bribes from her to facilitate immigration fraud, but that did not justify being disrespectful with the senators. 

I understand that some ministers are unable to keep their cool as best as some others would do and so we would expect that some ministers would become aggravated easier than others. That does not mean though that it gives them the right to act the way these ministers behaved today,” Smith added.

Political third party, the Belize Progressive Party, joined Smith in condemning Martinez and Castro, describing their conduct as “repugnant.”

The BPP also reminded Belizeans that Municipal Elections are slated for 2018, but that successive government shave failed to conduct voter re-registration exercises under the Representation of the People Act. 

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