A Bitter Pill for Pitts Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

With the slogan, (From “Lee Johnnycake Gyal” to Dr. Candice Pitts  Back to serve Port) Candice Pitts launched her campaign to dethrone Gilroy Usher as the PUP standard bearer in the Port Loyola constituency. But while her campaign was impassioned and tireless, on May 2nd she was given a bitter pill to swallow. All her efforts were dashed when the PUP endorsed Usher as the Standard Bearer. No convention would take place.

That must have sent chills down Pitts’s spine and ruptured her gall and bile spilled to all corners of the PUP. In a statement she stated that, “the PUP have dictated a decision for them. They endorsed the infantile behavior of what we can only define as a political coward, rejected a convention, and imposed a “leader” on the residents of Port. As a result, they have disenfranchised many Port Loyolians and have indicated that these residents should settle for mediocre leadership and representation.” She continued that, “While the male-dominance, elitism, and disinterest in the South side of Belize are perhaps expected from these members of the PUP, I am most disappointed in the United Women’s Group, the women’s arm of the PUP. On Sunday, February 4th, 2018, the UWG conducted a women’s forum in the City of Belmopan. In front of a multitude of women, some of whom were byproducts of a society hostile towards women, certain members of the UWG pretended to care about the well-being of women in the socio-cultural and political sectors of our society. They fervently pressed for better representation of women in the political arena and adamantly demanded the 30% representation of women in political leadership. Yet, though I am one of the only two women who have been making preparations to contest the general elections, no member of the UWG has publicly supported my candidacy. Their reason for doing so is perhaps consistent with that of the upper echelon of the PUP… Fundamentally, what those members of the PUP have made vividly clear to me on May 2nd, 2018, is that: I am young; a woman from Port; of a particular race and therefore good enough to be in local government, but not Good enough to be in the National Assembly.”

PUP take heed: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.