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Audrey Matura lashes out at Chester, chastizes BBN

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018. 9:55 am CST.


The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News

By Audrey Matura: I read the BBN report that was published which is headlined “Chester Williams calls out Audrey Matura for “distorting information” and must say that the way the report is written it seems to suggest that the information I have given in the media regarding the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) 2018 is a distortion of the truth. I don’t know the details of the back and forth of that press briefing so I write based on this rather false and misogynistic report.

Belmopan Aggregates

So let us get some facts clear…

On Wednesday while at Queen Street police station I approached Chester and asked him about the regulations under the Constitution as I saw the detention order cited it and so I asked him if he had a copy and he was dismissive.

I had my secretary call the Governor General’s (GG) office to inquire about the regulations even the Attorney General (AG) ministry and none was helpful but it was at Print Belize that we got a copy for $3.00.

I read the regulations which left me with lots of questions so I tried to get copies of the regulations to some news reporters so they can use it to prepare to ask questions.

Regulations 19 clearly headed “Curfew” puts in effect a specific curfew against minors in the regulations and makes it mandatory to these two zones. So I am not lying nor distorting the truth when I pointed out that the regulations implemented a curfew on minors!

My comments in the media earlier today was to point out that the regulations implement a curfew yet it has not been announced and it is not being implemented under said regulations and why not?

I attach a copy of the regulations for the benefit of all those who don’t seem to understand, including the police, that effective 7th September, 2018, per said regulations there is a curfew that must be implemented because it uses the word “shall” and any trained attorney will know that “shall” makes it mandatory.

BBN never contacted me to get my response and surely failed to get a copy of the regulations before going to the press briefing to challenge the veracity of what is said by Chester, who makes all media appearances for the police and who seems to be the point person for this state of public emergency implementation.

I don’t know what he believes I said … But for his edification and those who did not listen to my comments I stand by my position that the regulations has implemented a curfew on minors only in those areas since Friday, and the police mouthpiece and enforcer has failed to implement it. This is separate and apart and in addition to any other law that makes it an offence, since under the proclamation, just like in the detention, things can be done without the police necessarily having to bring charges against a person.

At no point did I say I was for, or against, a curfew and that kids should be on the streets and I find it very unprofessional for Chester to then call into the discussion my child because if it was a man he was attacking he would not do that, but, as a woman and a mother I recognize that it has become the norm for men to automatically bring into the discourse the personsl attributes or life of a female to try and diminish her standing on any point but that is the misogynistic nature of our society. It was rather uncalled for him to bring my daughter into it… He is a misogynist and clearly has no professional decorum for his senior colleagues and as a trained attorney himself he must learn to cite the laws when he makes reference to it and note the difference between a constitutional proclamation and any secondary law that is subject to the Constitution!

BBN you need to correct your story because I have furnished you proof that a curfew has been declared under the Regulations.

Chester you don’t have to get personal and call my minor child, my daughter into this… That is the sign of a man who does not respect women. If it was Dickie Bradley whom, had made the comments I made, you would not have dared to attack him like that and you surely would not have made reference to his children or family. I never called your child into anything I have said or questioned and I surely don’t get personal as you have elected to do. What if I ask if you even taking care of your child, or even around to know if she or he is being brought up the right way? I don’t even know if you even have a child or a wife or anything like that but if you do I would never use them to go after you.

The facts and laws on the state of emergency is public and I also have a right to speak on anything and talk to and write in the media as much and often as I like. It was my first profession and I will exercise my constitutional right at section 12 of the Constitution that affords me “protection of my freedom of expression”. I am not in the emergency zones where such freedoms under the proclamation can be denied… So get your zoning right and stop question my exercise of my Constitutional rights!

On the matter of the Families and children’s Act, subsidiary law section 3, it makes it an offence for children to be out and for that it is the parents who if found guilty, will be liable to a fine not exceeding $2,000.00 or to imprisonment not exceeding a year or both. But for this the police must present it as any other case. So while the time period is the same as in the regulations I cited, the difference is that under the proclamation it mandates the police to implement this curfew and that does not mean they must gather evidence to prosecute but rather must enforce it specifically in these two areas without fear that people can protest it, since even their freedom of movement and association are curtailed and the regulations do not say otherwise.

Do note that although the police since 14th July, 1998 had the power to charge parents for this type of offence, I do not know of instances where it is used, thus my proof that there has always been laws to address all the criminal ills without resorting to using the Constitution for a state of public emergency. So all of this is because the police want to carry out preventative detention instead of doing good police work and arrest, charge and convict the criminals!


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