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Julius offended after Tracy Panton describes the Briceno Administration as “Pania machete”

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Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022. 2:36 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Member for Cayo South and Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, Julius Espat said today that he felt offended after the Area Representative for Albert Division, Tracy Panton described the Briceno administration as “Pania machete” in parliament.

“When it is convenient the administration cries austerity and when it is expedient, they say that it is a time of prosperity. That the economy of Belize is on a rebound and therefore we can afford to spend recklessly. It is a two-way sword in our local nomenclature, we would say that this administration is what you call pania machete,” Panton said in the House of Representatives.

Espat stated that growing up in Belize City, he was called “yellow-belly pania” and as such, he finds Tracy’s remark offensive and racist.

He further reminded members of the House of Representatives of offensive language that had been used in the previous administration and urged them not ‘to go down that road’.

The Member for Cayo South also called on Panton to retract the statement.

Panton apologized and said that she meant to say that a 2 edged sword cuts on both sides.

Panton then apologized to Prime Minister John Briceno, Espat, and her parliamentary colleagues and extended apologies to Belizeans for using such a phrase during her presentation.

 

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