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Willoughby Resigns from NEMO to Run in Port

Willoughby Resigns from NEMO to Run in Port
July 12
16:55 2018
Reporter: Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

No sooner had the UDP hopefuls for standard bearer in Port Loyola made the list in last week’s news, than Philip Willoughby, who was one of four persons who had put their names down opted to resign from his post at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

Willoughby, reports say, was given the alternative by the movers and shakers in his party to either remove his name from the ballot and keep his job as NEMO’s Operations Officer, or else! He chose the latter.
Willoughby’s resignation letter, tendered this week, stated that he was giving the necessary three-month notice required by law. He demits office on October 11. Willoughby also mentioned in his letter that he must now pursue public service in another capacity.

Willoughby lost his mayoral bid against Dion Leslie at his party’s mayoral convention last year, and subsequently lost his seat as Councilor when the People’s United Party (PUP) won the municipal elections. One month later, he was appointed NEMO’s Operations Officer. 

He came with his own vision of wanting to see a national emergency plan for the country and had suggested that in order for Belize to be better prepared for disasters, we needed to formulate and test hypotheses that would later be used as theories in preparing for the eventuality of a tsunami.

Willoughby declined to comment on the matter when we contacted him on Thursday, saying only that one has got to “catch the wind in their sails.”

Dean Samuels, another UDP Councilor who lost his seat in the March elections, told the Reporter that contrary to other media reports, he has not scratched his name off the ticket. The former councilor, who recently took up employment with the Ministry of Human Development, also denied being asked to step aside from the race.

When we brought up reports that some in the upper echelons of the party have indicated that they favour former House Speaker Senator Michael Peyrefitte to represent the UDP in Port, Samuels responded by saying that might be the wishes of some in the party, but that does not speak for the rest of the party.

Aside from Willoughby, Samuels and Peyrefitte, the other contender for the UDP in Port is Shane Castillo.

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