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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2022. 7:33 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Approximately a month ago, shadow Minister of Home Affairs Michael Peyrefitte (who previously held the portfolio as National Security as well as being Attorney General), made a public statement on the crime issue in which he called for the resignation of opposite number Kareem Musa and his CEO, Kevin Arthurs.

The very next day, he appeared with Musa and Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow at a public event in which the reggae artist Buju Banton spoke to troubled youths at Old Belize.

Now he is back to calling for both men to go, as well as Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.

So, how does he justify the appearance and subsequent statements? According to Peyrefitte, his position didn’t change: “New Minister, new CEO, new Commissioner… the Party Leader said that we had a chance to maybe have a meeting that could stem the violence. I made it public and I said it in private: I am not a fan of those meetings; I don’t negotiate with terrorists and I don’t meet with criminals. But if that is what I had to do in the hope to stop the violence, stop the bleeding literally and figuratively then I would do anything; however, it didn’t change my perspective…because they [Musa and Arthurs] have completely and utterly failed.”

Peyrefitte further suggested that perhaps Musa is not made for the position, but even if the Government out of “spite” keeps the trio in place, “dehn noh di spite we [the UDP]; dehn di spite the Belizean people and I hope the Belizean people see that.”

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