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Chamber says “We support our senator”

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020. 7:30 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a release yesterday expressing its full support for business senator, Mark Lizarraga.

The chamber notes with concern the “inappropriate and disrespectful treatment” of the Business Senator in the Senate Meetings, and most recent on Wednesday, July 15 th, 2020.

“We take this opportunity to clear up the false and malicious accusations too casually thrown at our Senator. First, the BCCI forms a major part of the consultative committee, which is in place and guides the Business Senator in his interventions and positions in the Senate. Although the Senator is given short notice of Senate meetings, and even shorter notice of the documents to be debated at the meetings, he ensures, without fail, that he consults with his constituents, including the BCCI, prior to making any representation in the Senate. Second, the BCCI keeps record of how each appointed Business Senator votes during his tenure in the Senate,” the chamber said.

The chamber noted that contrary to the accusations being hurled at Senator Lizarraga, he has consistently voted in the best interest of the constituents he represents and not along partisan political lines.

In addition, the chamber says that if the business senator doesn’t support a resolution proposed by Government, that doesn’t mean that the senator is aligned with the opposition.

The  chamber informed that the Business Senator received a mandate from the BCCI to vote against the resolution appointing the Chairman of the Election and Boundaries Commission.

“The business community feels strongly that the Chairman of this Commission should be independent and should not have a record of political appointments or affiliation. The Senators appointed by the other social partners, save for the Senator who represents Churches shared this view,” the chamber added.

The chamber reiterated its support for Senator Lizarraga and reminded the leaders that persons in leadership positions are expected to act as mature role models for all citizens.

The chamber calls on the President of the Senate to maintain order so that the real business of the day can be carried out in a leader like and exemplary fashion, with debates of substance rather than bullyragging harangues.


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