Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021. 5:11 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Even in the face of adversity, change can occur. This is especially true for Belizean rapper Moses “Shyne” Barrow,” writes contributor Corein Carter in a Forbes article published on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Carter recounts the road that led Moses “Shyne” Barrow from a Grammy Award-winning musician, to becoming Leader of the Opposition of Belize in 2021, after coming out of jail in 2009 for “his role in a 1999 nightclub shooting involving Jennifer Lopez and Sean “Diddy” Combs”.
The Forbes article said that when Shyne, the son of Dean Barrow, Belize’s first Black prime minister, was appointed Belize’s musical goodwill ambassador, he realized he could “focus my energy on providing opportunities for the people in my community”. He said former United Democratic Party (UDP) Senator Juliet Thimbriel assured him that he could make a difference as a politician.
The article goes on to say that Barrow was elected Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives in June 2021, after serving in the House of Representatives for less than a year.
Barrow is quoted saying “I was the chief whip before becoming the House opposition leader. I’ve established a reputation for myself as a leader. As a member of parliament, I take my responsibilities very seriously”.
He goes on to say that he wants “to be remembered as the person who did the most to transform Belize for those who have been forgotten, disinherited, and disenfranchised for far too long”.
The Forbes article then recounts Barrow’s struggle against the 11th amendment to Belize’s Constitution that would deny anyone with a criminal record from running for office. The article says the proposed reform was rejected in September 2021.
“It is up to the people to decide whether or not to forgive someone for a crime committed twenty-three years ago, or to forgive a politician for breaking the public trust while in office,” said Barrow says the Forbes article.
Barrow said there is still a lot to be done in Belize to help build the country and that he intends to ensure that the United Kingdom pays reparations.
The article closes with a Barrow quotation in which he says he wants to ensure that “whoever is in control of the country recognizes that how we treat the underprivileged and most vulnerable people defines how great we are as a country.”
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