By BBN Staff: The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement calling out the government for being ‘merciless’ during time of crisis.
“Whenever the price of fuel and associated products go down in the region and around the world, somehow, it never happens in Belize. When questions are asked, Mr. Barrow’s Ministry of Finance concocts wordy, obscure explanations about global factors and acquisition costs, usually with a promise that prices will go down soon. IT NEVER HAPPENS,” the PUP stated.
The PUP also said that when prices are decreased around the world, the price of fuel in Belize ironically goes up.
“The decision by the United Democratic Party Government to raise the prices of fuel and butane, in the face of a pandemic and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions, is a slap in the face of all normal Belizeans. It is gross abuse and a total disregard for the crisis facing the country,” the statement added.
The PUP accuses the UDP of bringing more punishment in the form of higher fuel prices and higher butane costs at a time when so many people have lost their jobs and there is little hope of recovery.
“The UDP pushed for its butane monopoly at a time when existing suppliers were willing to sell butane to Belizeans at historically low prices. They pushed those suppliers out of business and in a matter of one month, raised the price of butane not once, but twice,” the party expressed.
The PUP says that Belizeans across the nation are struggling to make ends meet and that the pandemic only highlighted the economic disaster in the country brought on by the man-made disasters in Cabinet.
The PUP says that Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the rich UDP’s do not understand the plight of normal Belizeans.
“We call on all Belizeans to stand up against this injustice and join the move to save our economy,” the statement ended.