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Team Mike mourns death of “Iron Mike” in Toledo East; expresses support for son Melhem Espat

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2024. 8:43 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Team Mike has issued a statement expressing their sadness at the loss of “Iron Mike, Monster, Boss, Mr. Mike, or Minister”, Mike Espat.

“He was a towering figure whose dedication and service left an indelible mark on Toledo East and the entire country.

Hon. Mike Espat was a legend in his own right, a true pioneer who tirelessly worked to bring Toledo East and the Toledo district to prominence on Belize’s map. Despite facing significant criticism, he championed the cause of Toledo with unwavering resolve, ensuring that our community received its fair share in every aspect. His efforts were not about seeking wealth but about securing justice and equity for our land. His legacy includes significant projects like the Joe Taylor Bridge and the enhancements to the Punta Gorda Hospital,” the statement said.

“Mike Espat was more than a politician; he was a caring, loving, and kind individual who never lost his humility. He firmly believed in the potential of Punta Gorda to become a vibrant economic zone within Belize. His vision for a free zone in the VOA Area, though met with resistance, showcased his commitment to our economic development,” it added.

In addition, the Team Mike members say they stand resolute in continuing his legacy.

“We echo the sentiments of an aspirant for the next general election: Mike Espat had no kingdom, for his realm was the hearts of the people he served. TEAM MIKE will support his son, Melhem Espat, to carry the torch as the next Area Representative for Toledo East,” the statement further added.

“As we bid farewell to a Giant, a Monster, an Iron, a Minister, we pledge to uphold the values of work, love, and kindness that he embodied.

Rest in perfect peace, Iron Mike. Your memory and your dreams for Toledo will guide us forward.

With deepest respect and remembrance,” the team expressed.


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