Last night I informed my
I committee that I will not be contesting the upcoming general elections mainly because of a sudden illness in my immediate family. PUP Lake
My son Khalid was diagnosed in
Monday night with a cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is curable, but he will need the full support of his immediate family. New York
To say this was not an easy decision for me would be an understatement. I have given 18 years of my life to politics. For all of my adult life I gave it all I had. But there comes a time when a man must face up to certain realities. For me, that time is now.
Admittedly, the relationship with my party’s leadership over the years has not been the best. Sometimes the internal tension spilled over into the public’s domain with me not attending some party and parliamentary events, but never with me publicly commenting or condemning.
People around the table will know that I agitated mightily inside for the party at its every turn to do what I thought was right for the people and country of
. It is no secret: I lost many of those battles. My absences were oftentimes my desperate but sincere attempts at getting the party to see the error of its ways, to return to its social justice roots. Belize
I did not win three straight general elections on my own. I came here on the backs of the hardworking men and women of
– my constituents, my committee members, they who believe in me and what I stand for. I will be eternally grateful for the privilege of service they made possible. Lake Independence
To my people: You stood with me through thick and thin, when I resigned, when I was fired, when I had nothing. You gave me strength when I had none. You gave me hope when I had little. But most of all, you gave me your hearts. I have tried not to embarrass you. I pray I haven’t.
I hope that someday, long after the euphoria of elections have passed, and our names are forgotten, you will look back and say, we did it our way – the Lake I way. We did not yield; we never gave in. May it be said that we never lost our way, that in the days when hope unborn had died we stood strong; together we made the ultimate sacrifices.
Scripture says there is a time for everything under the sun. I believe my time has come. For me, this campaign has come to an end.