All the talk in the political arena these days is
focused on one thing - "We the People" - a potential third political party.
Although not announced as this, this group of distinguished businessmen who meet
every other week are forming an "initiative" and brainstorming about government
policies among themselves. With common goals, concerns and philosophies about
how this country should be governed, it would appear likely that the United
Democratic and People's United parties may be in for some
The San Pedro Sun spoke with Francis Gegg, a multi-faceted man who was most recently Chief
Executive Officer of the Corozal Free Trade Zone. People of San Pedro Town will
remember him best as the man who introduced the Yamaha outboard engine to the
island while working for his father at Vogue Ltd. Mr. Gegg, on behalf of "We the
People," provided the following information on this new "unofficial party."
First, he reported, is their belief that Belizean people are disgusted with the
past two government administrations. They feel at this time, there is a growing
dissatisfaction with government's unfulfilled promises, lack of transparency and
accountability, and broken contracts among other things. He stated his
organization feels the biggest key to success is honesty. They feel parties
should not make promises they cannot keep.
then stressed the importance of freedom of speech, expression and assembly for
this country. One of his group's concerns is that Belize appears to linger in
the days of colonialism when fear and intimidation kept countrymen from standing
up for their rights. He further stated the group believes human rights should be
guaranteed, but without a fair, impartial and independent judiciary, they feel
this will never be the case. Mr. Gegg relayed that the group does not believe
the country can rely on the actions of only one respected Chief Justice, that
more are needed. He mentioned examples of other justices who had visited this
country and, in a short time, made tremendous gains in the justice system.
This led to a concern over the clause in
many laws contained in Belize's Constitution of "Minister's Discretion." In
essence, this gives total authority for a Minister to override decisions made by
others and reduces the law to a mere guideline. Mr. Gegg replied that although
this was only based on certain laws, his group would "take it out" as it "only
enables graft and corruption."
When questioned on how "We the People" felt about government's increasing
foreign debt, Mr. Gegg replied they believe that, financially, the country is on
a "collision course with disaster." He confirmed his group of respected
businessmen firmly believe in good money management to which he cited his own
impressive financial accomplishments with the Corozal Free Trade Zone (CFZ) from
its start to its current status. Like with the CFZ, their philosophy is to give
private sector a helping hand and encourage them to develop their own
enterprises, in turn supporting the country. Because of the laws applying to the
CFZ, Mr. Gegg compared managing this particular area to "running a small country
within a country." He continued that his organization feels it is time to
emancipate Belizeans, to make them self reliant, to create opportunities for
them and to eliminate the need for them to beg a government official for
everything they want. He then stated one of his own personal philosophies which
was, basically, if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day but if you teach a
man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime.
Good news for those
concerned with the selling-out of utilities is that this group believes in
busting up monopolies for the good of the consumer. They feel it is
unconscionable that a company can boast that half of their sales are profit. Mr.
Gegg continued that equally puzzling is how electricity can be purchased from
Mexico at US $.04 and yet be sold shamelessly for a whopping US$.20 or more.
Asked how his "monopoly busters" would handle the water situation, he stated
that there could be "three pipes side-by-side underground" if that's what it
Asked about financial support for this "non-party"
Mr. Gegg vowed that there would be no special interest groups buying into "We
the People". They will rely on concerned citizens and the spirit of the people
to back them. He explained "We the People" is comprised of a team with moral
character, integrity and vision and anyone who feels they can honestly
contribute something whether financially or physically to their philosophy is
welcome to contact them.
Being a spiritual
man, Mr. Gegg wrapped up the conversation quoting words from the Bible and
stating he believes God plans everything in its time and he believes the time is
now for "We the People."