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Belize Unity Alliance Revived
Published on August 1, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Belize Unity Alliance Revived

By Abdulmajeed Nunez

How does a people’s identity become political?
Since 1981 the politics became less of the executive of the people and more the proxy
Of a corporatized nation, because Belize did enter the world when it gained independence in ways it’s never entered before
The way Belize is situated politically within the global tapestry
It creates a state of dependency which is a proxy for corruption
Whereby our leaders are more answerable to the needs of cooperation than the needs of its citizenry
This gave birth to the need for the merging of the third parties

This weekend I witnessed history
I witnessed three third parties propose to get marry
For the betterment of the country
Forming the Belize Unity Alliance
In 2012 BUA Charles Leslie Jr , Fred Hunter, Polanco, Richard Smith and Will Mehia and Charles Leslie
Had three months to put themselves together
The BUA has the potential
While misconstrued as a party it was an alliance
Rich Smith-CPR, Robert Lopez- VIP, Fred Hunter - Former PUP and some independent runner in PG
Will Mehia and Charles Leslie Jr, PNP
In three months they got three parties together and Rufus and independent person to join BUA
Why reinvent the wheel when we have a blueprint that only needs polishing
And then move on to build the structure the blueprint necessitate
It will set a precedent that the people are more important than a third party

How are Belizeans working to empower themselves?
The situation of grassroots movements like BGYEAH
And ROC which is believed to carry the voice of the people
ROC carries the largest amount of union members
Then there are the organizations of third party politicians
Whereby they are saying the model created by PUDP disenfranchises the will and voice of the citizens
The people shared that they want better, but the third parties are not together
So recognizing the objectivity and neutrality of a researcher
It would have more of an impact than Nancy Marin, Hubert Enriquez or Will Mehia trying to bring people together
It was decided that it would be in Dangriga which is neutral politically

Devon Lee canvassed the country meeting with all the political leaders individually
Three of the four suggested they were interested in BUA and BPF descended saying they are not interested
Calling it dead horse and we should leave it and gave their rationale
BUA did not have time to grow into fruition
Being realized just before the 2012 elections
And did not have time to grow to fruition
The structure and the plan exist and entered into the conversation
With the leaders so the Third Party summit was used for collaboration
The wedding concept was the organizing factor
The summit ended with three of the four parties agreeing to work together which was the objective
Now what is left is to flesh out the structure of called BUA, so I say the summit was progressive
How to package it, how to market it and how candidates are gonna represent this new initiative?
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Paco Smith:

It is good to see this meaningful initiative is revived. In Belize's partisan political environment which is dominated by the monolithic yet, purported two-party system, it is refreshing to see a bold and genuine initiative that is committed to providing Belizeans with a viable alternative to the PUDP.

Inexorably, in Belizean parlance, the proverbial 'blue concas' shall raise their voices with intent to discredit and deceive this noble effort.

I submit that instead of engaging this age-old practise which is the hallmark of Belize's political status quo, it would prove beneficial for other disparate groups to focus on whatever they may bring to the table, insofar as that which shall prove beneficial to the Belizean people.

In sum, kudos to the brave souls who have stepped up and taken a bold advance forward toward ushering in a truly new and genuine era of improved governance in Belize. There shall always be nay-sayers and given the BUA's stance, intentional speculation and criticism shall come from three sides including: the sitting government, the current opposition and from those who are hell-bent on discrediting the initiative of those who dare buck the status quo. Yet, I encourage the principles of the BUA to not be deterred, for anything worth obtaining is more than likely strewn with obstacles.

After all, no-one ever said that nation-building is a sanitary exercise.


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