Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin lectures on good governance

By on January 13, 2018
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin along with leadership of Alcaldes in Toledo

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin along with leadership of Alcaldes in Toledo

Punta Gorda, TOLEDO. Saturday, January 13, 2018. Alcaldes from Maya villages in the Toledo district attended a lecture on Friday that was given by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.

The title of the Chief Justice Benjamin’s lecture was “the role of the Judiciary in good governance.”

Friday’s event, which was held at the Father Ring Parish Hall in Punta Gorda Town was also attended by Maya women from the Toledo district, putting the list of attendees to over a hundred persons.

According to an official release, Friday’s lecture marks the end “of a series of training sessions that Julian Cho Society has been implementing with the Toledo Alcaldes Association.”

Attendees of Lecture

Attendees of Lecture

The president of the Toledo Alcaldes Association is quoted as saying that the Maya people are always mindful of the role that these appointed persons play in the development of their respective communities, acting, he said as “the ears, eyes and mouth of the communities.”

TAA president reminded his colleagues that “we must always put our people and communities first.” Chief Justice Benjamin told the gathering that Alcaldes are an important part of the judiciary in Belize and that they play huge role “in establishing dialogue, peace and tranquility in the Maya communities.”

The country’s top judge urged the Alcaldes “to ensure that the ‘rule of law’ prevails and that in so doing to ensure fairness,” reiterating that the Alcaldes must always “act independently, impartially, with propriety and with accountability.”

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin with Maya leaders

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin with Maya leaders

The lecture series was a part of an initiative designed to strengthen good governance in the 39 Maya villages in the southern part of the country.

It was carried out with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

Also present at Friday’s lecture was the Manager of the Canada Fund based at the Canadian High Commission in Guatemala who commended the Alcaldes for the work in Belize pledged her government’s continued support for the promotion of good governance.

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