Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2022. 9:30 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A State memorial for the late Right Honourable Manuel Esquivel who served as Prime Minister of Belize from 1984 to 1989, and then again from 1993 to 1998 is being convened by the Government of Belize. The State memorial service is set for Wednesday, February 16 at the Government House in Belize City.
On Sunday evening, the Office of the Prime Minister informed that the country is in mourning from Monday, February 14 to Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in honour of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Sir Manuel Esquivel, KCMG, PC. As such Prime Minister John Briceno has ordered all Belizean flags be flown at half-mast for three days.
On February 15, the urn containing the remains of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Sir Manuel Esquivel, KCMG, PC, will be transported via Cortège (Procession) to the former State Dining Room at the Government House, where it will lie in state. The paying of respects by invited guests only will commence at 2:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.
On February 16, there will be a Cortège (Procession) to the House of Culture in Belize City, commencing at 2:10 p.m. from the home of the former head of state, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events are closed to the public. The public is invited to view live coverage of the two-day event via the Facebook and YouTube pages of the Government of Belize Press Office or via live television broadcasts from all major media houses.
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