PUP Condemns Decision by National Assembly Staff Committee

The People’s United Party expresses its condemnation towards the UDP Members of the National Assembly Staff Committee who voted in favour of Brian ‘Yellow Man’ Audinett to keep his job as Macebearer in the National Assembly after he publicly attacked members of the media inside the National Assembly building during the hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Ministers Patrick Faber and John Saldivar along with Senate President Lee Mark Chang, Senator Michael Peyrefitte and National Assembly staff member Eudice Gibson all voted in favour of Audinett to keep his job. PUP Representative Hon. Florencio Marin and House Speaker Laura Longsworth voted in favour of firing Audinett.

The PUP joins the voices of those across the nation who were shocked to witness such unprofessional and thuggish behaviour, which is unbecoming of a Member of the National Assembly, being carried out by Audinett and other members of the UDP on live TV. Standing Order 6 (2) of the House of Representatives states that the “Mace is the symbol of the dignity and authority of the Speaker of the House.”

Not only should the Mace represents the ‘dignity’ and ‘authority’ of the Speaker, but by extension, the Macebearer himself. We view the decision of the Committee as a mere ‘slap on the wrist’ and as such, proves once again that this government is prepared to put politics before country.

The public show of support given to Audinett by the Prime Minister on national television days in advance of the meeting of the Staff Committee, sent a clear message to the UDP members of the Committee that Audinett was not to be replaced and a tacit approval of the actions of members of his Party during the Senate Hearings.

The PUP expresses equal concern about the behaviour of UDP Chairman Alberto August who was also part and parcel of Audinett’s antics inside the National Assembly building on that fateful day of May 17, 2017. He continues to make weekly appearances at the Senate Hearings in an attempt to intimidate Senators and witnesses. August, who also presides as Chairman of the Board of Belize Water Services Ltd. (BWSL) is in direct violation of Section 121 (1), (2) of the Constitution of Belize, which speaks clearly on the Code of Conduct of Officers of Statutory Corporations. As such, the PUP calls for the immediate removal of August as Chairman of BWSL.

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