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Commission of Inquiry Chairman: ‘Someone needs to explain why this morning’s broadcast was cut’

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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021. 3:19 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The live broadcast of today’s Commission of Inquiry was prematurely cut off today, following an explosive statement by the President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) Luke Martinez and Commission Chairman Andrew Marchalleck says that someone needs to give an account as to why.

Marshalleck told the media that he was unaware that the broadcast had been cut until after the session was adjourned following Martinez’s announcement of the union’s decision to withdraw until the government makes certain assurances going forward.

“I have nothing to do with that and whoever cut it needs to explain why they cut it,” Marshalleck said. “If it were up to me the feed should not have been cut. It wasn’t my decision to make, I didn’t make the decision. Somebody made it somewhere for some reason; they need to explain themselves.”

He stressed that he had no problem with the union voicing its concerns granted that they do so responsibly and that he too was disappointed when he learned of those concerns.

Following his statement regarding the sale of government assets under the watch of the Briceno administration, Martinez said that the union’s decision not to participate in today’s session was based on the principle of good faith.

“The Public Service Union refuses to be a part of this sitting today in protest of what has been coming on when it comes to the continuous sale of government assets,” Martinez said. “The government has a mandate from the people, so the government has to respond.”

He stressed that cutting the feed was not disrespectful to the unions but rather an insult to the people of Belize.

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