Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2023. 6:40 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Prime Minister, leadership of the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security Council should be heard from following an unusually violent weekend, the United Democratic Party demanded via press release.
Prime Minister John Briceño also chairs the National Security Council which oversees policy for internal security.
This past weekend saw the murders of Ricardo Borja, Eric Estrada and two minor boys, one dumped near an abandoned yard on Northside and the other lying dead in the bed of Joseph Budna, as well as the ‘Mexican sicario’ affair in Corozal, a delivery truck robbery and non-serious incidents in Corozal – a departure from the recent norm but not nearly as violent as past weekends that saw up to eight murders countrywide, detonation of a grenade in a gang-affected neighborhood or mass shootings at a nightclub and on a public bridge.
Nonetheless, the UDP complains that neither the Prime Minister nor Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa was heard from, not to mention Chief Executive Officer Kevin Arthurs and the tandem leading National Defense, Florencio Marin Jr. and Retired Brigadier General Dario Tapia. It dismisses the Commissioner of Police as a ‘lame duck,’ ‘a political puppet acting primarily as defense attorney for rogue elements in the department.’
Since the current administration has failed to drastically improve citizen security as stated in #planBelize, the UDP suggests the P.M. should retire as he is “demonstrably disconnected from reality” and that they are ready to replace him.
Meanwhile, the murder rate remains below the 2022 rate and major crime slightly over, with even the doubling of the number of murders this month failing to shake the sub-100 pace Belize remains on for the national murder count.
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