By Aaron Humes:Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa has once again dismissed calls for his resignation, coming particularly from Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow.
Referring to Barrow’s recent slip-up in which he referred to himself as “Leader of the House of Representatives, Musa quipped: “I serve as Minister of Home Affairs at the pleasure of the real Leader of the House of Representatives, not the play-play one. So if Shyne thinks that he can remove me, he needs to think again.”
And Musa further suggested the call is at odds with their private communication and that he is trying to “stay relevant” in the national discussion.
“It is not as though he has not communicated to me that he understands the complexities of crime and how it has evolved so negatively, particularly in Belize City. He is fully cognizant of that, and it’s not as though he’s not aware that his father and his uncle and the last administration really abandoned and neglected Southside Belize City, creating a dependency system that has now just really grown out of control. And so he knows, he well knows that we are working hard to try to fix this because he is there at every single opportunity to take photos with me. When we are at the prison he is there as well,” Musa claimed.
Major crime for January was slightly up over last year, with 13 murders reported for that month. To date in February, there have been seven murders counting Friday’s killing of Lejean Rhamdas in downtown Belize City.