What happened to the Prime Minister’s promise that things would ‘get betta no matta what’? That’s the question that comes to mind when you buy just about everything, including fuel. At midnight on Wednesday, the prices soared well above the ten dollar mark. And in the case of premium, it went up a whopping twenty cents per gallon at the pump and is now selling in Belize City at ten dollars fifteen cents. Regular went up the most, from nine dollars fifty-six cents to nine dollars eight cents and diesel went up from eight dollars sixty cents to eight dollars and seventy-seven cents. Those are the prices in Belize City because in the districts the prices are higher due to transportation costs. News Five today found that consumers are under pressure.
“Ih noh only di affect me, ih di affect everybody but we can’t do no betta we have to go wid it yoh know.”
“When ih gone down inna 2008 you mi eva think ih wah reach back to dis point?
“Well I neva believe ih mi wah reach dah dis stage yah again but dah so ih go.”
“ I think dah wah big problem inna fi we country because fi di simple fact we really di suffa wid di gas price right now and di prime minister mi seh things wah be different but Jesus Christ dah weh dehn di do? Dehn di try kill we dah Belize now? Di car di run pan wata or something now? We deh unda pressure right now dah Belize.”
“Afta dah big decrease you mi think ih wah end up back yah?”
“Neva, you know what I’m saying. Fi di first time I mi seh okay di price still reasonable but goddamn you what I’m saying, weh we have to do now walk?”
“Personally, we noh have no control ova weh happen and we just have to live with what is happening until better come but we noh know when better will come.”
“How do these increases affect you?”
“Financially, ih terrible because when you put more in gas then you have to put more in food and when you have a large family, it’s hard. And the vehicle we have, this is the only way we can get around by driving so we need the gas. So I think it’s terrible. For me, I don’t drive much but what happen to people who have to go from district to district?”