PM and Minister deny involvement in Nuri Mohammad’s release from Love FM

On Sunday, on Krem’s Sunday Review, Love FM’s talk show host, Nuri Mohammad was a guest and mentioned that he was no longer a host of the Love FM talk show, because two Ministers of Government were to be guests on the Love FM show, but Government demanded that Nuri be removed as a talk show host if the Ministers were to make an appearance on the show.

After Monday’s House Meeting in Belmopan, the Prime Minister was asked about Nuri’s allegation, and whether there was any truth to the matter.

Here is what he had to say.

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vlcsnap-2015-01-21-09h16m27s206Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“That’s not true. Unless somebody else would have done that sort of thing.  I know that’s so, because I didn’t do any such thing. 

[I] certainly did not ask for Mr Mohammad to be pulled from hosting the show.  No, the two Ministers in particular, who were the guests that morning, are more than equal to Mr Mohammad, so that would have been pointless.  It really would have been counterproductive.

 

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Reporter
“So, what ever happened was something internal, because that’s what Mr. Mohammed claims.”

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Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
“What does he claim, that Government asked that he be removed?”

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Reporter
“He said that he got in touch with you, he sent you a text, because that’s the understanding that he had, that it was a request from Government.”

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Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
“I responded to his text. You know that I am a fellow who always exercises great courtesy and respect in relation to all the media. Yes, I did respond to him, making it clear that Government had made no such request, and indeed since he said that he had in fact been removed, I called Mr. Villanueva to ask that he not be removed or if he had already been given, he obviously had, that he be allowed to host the show.

Mr. Villanueva called me a couple of hours later and said that he had tried to arrange this, but Mr. Mohammed indicated he already made other plans.”

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The two Ministers who appeared on the Love FM show were Hon. Wilfred Elrington and Hon. Godwin Hulse.

After Tuesday’s Senate Meeting in Belmopan, we caught up with Hon Godwin Hulse, who refuted any role in Nuri’s dismissal from Love FM’s morning show.

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“I can categorically and absolutely say that the Cabinet of Belize made no such request.  In fact, Mr Nuri Muhammad called and I think he couldn’t reach me, so he reached my wife, who clearly said to him ‘Godwin [isn’t] afraid of you and [your] questions.  Godwin [is] never afraid of anybody,’  So I don’t know where that was brewed, concocted or cooked up.

But we brought it up in the Cabinet, just to make absolutely certain, double certain, and I can say that the Prime Minister undertook to call Mr Rene Villanueva to say to him, ‘Look, man.  We have no handling in this thing.  Who you want to put on, we have no problem.’ 

The Cabinet and Minister Elrington and definitely myself said, ‘Why would we have any problem with Nuri?’ So I don’t know where that was brewed.”
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