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Queen’s Square’s Sista B absent for 28 consecutive House Meetings

Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2023. 6:27 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a dramatic House Sitting yesterday, the notable absence of Queen’s Square Area Representative, Denise “Sista B” Barrow, became the focal point of the session. Prime Minister John Briceño revealed that Barrow has missed twenty-eight consecutive meetings of the National Assembly, calling into question her commitment to her role and the constituents she represents.

Barrow, a seasoned political representative of the Queen’s Square Constituency, has remained conspicuously absent from House of Representatives gatherings. Her prolonged no-shows have raised eyebrows and have become a contentious issue, particularly for the Prime Minister.

During the meeting, Briceño directly addressed Barrow’s absence, stating, “Today is the 28th House Meeting that we have since we were elected Madam Speaker – 28th House Meetings and the Honorable Member from Queen Square has refused to come to House Meetings. I find that disrespectful to this House, disrespectful to the people of Queen Square.”

He further remarked that Barrow’s absence was not only disrespectful to the House and her constituents but also to her nephew, Leader of the Opposition Shyne Barrow.

However, Shyne Barrow, defending his aunt, argued that if the Prime Minister had an issue, it should be raised in a substantive motion. He stated, “She’s complying with the standing orders. The standing orders require that she give notice to the Speaker of the House, and the Speaker excuses her.”

The debate escalated when the Prime Minister questioned Barrow’s intentions, asking why she chose to put her name on a ballot if she was not interested in fulfilling her duties. He expressed his intention to propose an amendment to the Standing Orders to address members who consistently fail to attend House Meetings.

In response to a reporter’s query, Shyne Barrow reiterated his position, stating, “The spirit of representation is that you come here and represent.” He insisted that it was a factual statement, not semantics, despite the reporter’s argument that representation meant being physically present in the House of Representatives.

As this matter unfolds, the people of Queen’s Square are left in limbo, represented by an official who seems to be missing in action. The controversy has stirred debates on the nature of political representation, the duties of elected officials, and the implications of their non-attendance at vital House Meetings.

 

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