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Minister of National Security calls out BNTU President

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 3:40 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Newly re-instated Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, via his Facebook page has called out Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) President, Elena Smith for comments she made to the media regarding the Prime Ministers decision to return Saldivar to the position the BNTU had previously protested to have him removed from.

Yesterday in an interview with the media, Smith said members of the BNTU were disappointed with the decision as it signaled a complete turn-around. When the BNTU had previously gone on an 11-day strike in 2016, one of the demands the union had made was for Saldivar to be removed as minister of Police after it was reported that he had a close relationship and a previous business partnership with accused murderer Danny Mason.

Smith likened Saldivar’s re-appointment to a school scenario in which a teacher’s class repeatedly produces failing PSE grades but is left to continue teaching that standard 6 class. “It makes no sense and it is the same thing with this. If you’ve been placed in that position, you have not made any changes that are good or that have seen any betterment for this country as it relates to crime and the action of the police, why put you back there?” Smith said.

Saldivar fired back directly at Smith on social media saying: “Elena Smith you are way out of line. You have absolutely no evidence or right to be referring to me in the manner in which you did.” Saldivar claimed that Smith is using her position as president of the BNTU as a “bully pulpit”. He added, “It’s only a matter of time before teachers realize how you are using their power for your self-serving agenda.” Saldivar ended by warning Smith: “Careful of your glass window, my friend!!!”

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