Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2020. 2:52 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Their hearts heavy and countenances dour, the various now-area representatives of the People’s United Party (PUP) recounted for journalists on Friday their memories of the late David “Dido” Vega, 47, after his passing mere minutes before he would have been taking his oath of office with them in Belmopan.
Prime Minister John Briceño led off saying, “…I think we have to honor him for what he has done. He was an exemplary teacher, he reached out to a lot of young people, he was always concerned and wanting to do things for his community. This is a true story. The doctor that was attending to him told me that the last thing that Dido told him – because he knows the doctor; they are both from Corozal – he told the doctor, I have to get out of here, I have to go dig some drains because some people are flooding. That’s just the kind of man that Dido was. That he was about his family, about his community and about his country; always wanting to serve. But God had other plans for him and as much as it pains us and it hurts us, we accept it.”
From the City, Education Minister Francis Fonseca explained, “We all have very heavy hearts today. I know it was supposed to be a celebration today, but as you can see it has been subdued. We are all carrying a heavy load with his loss; that is our brother, our colleague. He fought with us in the trenches during this election and we are so deeply sorry for his loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, to his wife, to his children, and to the Corozal Bay community.” Vega’s wife is also said to have COVID-19 and in need of hospital treatment.
Corozal Southeast representative Florencio Marin Jr. told us, “I could tell you that Dido was a driven individual and determined. That guy, when he put his mind to something, I can tell you, a team of wild horses couldn’t stop him from whatever objective he set his mind to.”
Marin added that he texted someone who was in contact with the family late Thursday night and was told that the doctors were preparing to remove Vega from his ventilator at the beginning of next week following guarded improvement of his condition; he had planned to meet with him before the Christmas holiday to make plans for their constituencies.
Then the news came Friday morning that Vega had taken a turn for the worse, and then the final, devastating announcement, broken by Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat to his colleagues as relayed from the hospital.
Party Chairman Henry Charles Usher summed it up: “We were praying and hoping for the best, so this news is indeed devastating to us as parliamentarians, devastating to the Party, and as chairman, I would just like to extend my condolences first to the family of Dido: to his wife, to his children, his sisters, the entire family, the Vega family. It’s very sad news.”
The House observed a moment of silence and pictures were sent out of the paper he would have signed after taking his oath of office, scrawled with the signatures of his colleagues.
Prime Minister Briceño has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff until the day of his funeral, which will be a state funeral.
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