Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019. 11:28 am CST.
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The nexus between corruption and contemporary Belizean governance run parallel affecting all economic classes in Belize to the point of asphyxiation. The current government seems to have exhausted all avenues of political mileage limiting economic growth and innovation while conditioning economic inequality and insecurity that prompts immense social disruption in the form of mutiny. Some of these issues are as follows; the price instability of fuel that rises and falls like the moon at night – a night as gloomy as poor governance; and the minimum wage is at a shameful BZ$3.30 an hour (US$1.65) while 42% of the population fell below the poverty line according to an IDB report conducted in 2014. The inefficiency of the vital statistics unit is being questioned, though the government claims to have “improve the Unit’s performance”. The loan write-off of about BZ$40,000.00 issued to Joshua Perdomo, who not only failed to repay but is said, by the media, to have never returned to Belize since then. This a disgrace and a slap to the faces of all Belizean students that cannot pay tuitions and fees every semester and are currently struggling to pay their own school loans. The public is outraged by his failure to comply and for the government’s incapability of finding a proper solution to this immoral act. “Legally uncollectible”, as the Prime Minister recently concluded, is not enough. We demand justice – a universal justice which fulfils moral law that is essential in public and criminal laws.
Malfeasance in government office is nurturing a climate of inegalitarianism and crony capitalism. Thus, workers of all sorts, teachers and students have now come to bear the socio-economic burden of political partisans who are biased to problem solving and ignorant to social justice. Furthermore, these atrocious acts are merely scratching the surface of the corruption that lies below, but the surface is enough to allude to the true intent of these political partisans and to the unreliability of the political system. These are conditions that merely derange a society’s confidence in the rule of law and equality in justice allowing for the people to live in shackles bounded by a government that lacks full transparency and good governance. Consequently, a chunk of the Belizean public now considers politics to be synonymous with power abuse and personal gain, giving a blind eye to the true authority that unity and proactivity possess. Individual action and collective dialogues are kept in private as individual thought has succumb to power dominance, intelligence has been stifled, and fear has been instilled as the government “speak softly and carry a big stick”. While the government laughs at the mass’s subordination through cultural hegemony, it is a two-way street, for the arousal of collective indignation is fundamental in the actualization of a people’s command in the fight for a common cause. As some politicians in government continue to abuse their powers, we are growing in numbers. Nonetheless, now is the time to gather our wills and set aside our differences. When the will is individually exerted without fear, the spirit of revolution becomes the opium of society. Let us be fearless and unite – especially the young, to become young revolutionaries. Belize is in dire need of more young, vibrant and proactive leaders that inspire hope and confidence to topple the seemingly everlasting oppression that so plagues our society. Despite this, there is always hope. As staunch defenders of democracy, liberty and justice, the up and coming National Students’ Union of Belize (NSUB) utterly condemns these acts and are calling for all students and youth alike to rise in action by becoming a member. We currently need your help. Let us use this platform to create practical solutions and to collaborate with other freedom fighters in Belize.
As you may have heard, we are a student-centred movement that orbits around students’ professional, academic and social growth. We promote the improvement of the quality of education in all tertiary level institutions, social justice and national development in Belize. It is the intended duty of the NSUB to represent, support and empower all tertiary level students of Belize. The NSUB, also took the oath of representing all youth of Belize, student or not. Submit your applications today. The requirement to join: must be a Belizean student (by birth or naturalized) and must be studying at any tertiary level institutions anywhere in Belize or abroad. Interested persons are welcome to apply through the following link below. For more information you can reach us on Facebook or e-mail us at [email protected] All information provided will be kept confidential.
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