Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019. 10:22 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Belizean businessman, Jorge Espat, has launched his candidacy to serve as standard-bearer for the People’s United Party (PUP) in Cayo West constituency.
At a meeting held yesterday with residents of Cayo West, Espat announced his intention to represent the people of Cayo West in the upcoming general elections.
The Benque Viejo native is the son of Jorge Espat and Nellie Espat Hegar. Espat attended primary school at Mount Carmel primary. Espat is also specialized in Business Engineering.
In 1995, his dad passed away and Jorge took over their family’s business, the largest fuel trucking company in Belize.
With his background in service stations, Espat later opened a new business which he presently operates, Puma Jennells Truck Stop located at 5 1/2 George Price Highway, Belize City.
The successful entrepreneur says that he hopes to bring about positive change for the residents of Cayo West.
But, the businessman is also faced with some glaring obstacles including the tensions arising out of his property in the Barrio de Juda area near the Western border.
Espat has tried to convince alleged Guatemalan squatters that the property belongs to him. The Guatemalans also claim that they were given a title to the lands by Guatemalan authorities.
Espat had appealed to the Government of Belize to address the situation since it is urgent and a personal loss for him and loss of face for the country.
Espat has also warned other landholders in the area are also under threat.
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