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Jan 25, 2013

Former prison employee says it’s political victimization

Lionel Ernest Smith

He was responsible for the management of paroles, processing records and was the chairman of the inmates’ classification committee at the Central Prison. We say was because effective today, Lionel Ernest Smith Senior was terminated from his post at Kolbe Foundation. Smith Senior had been working at the Foundation for over a year and according to him, he has been accused of leaking sensitive prison information to a P.U.P. operative who posted information on the social media alleging mismanagement of funds at Kolbe. While he does not deny being a P.U.P., Smith Senior says that he would not jeopardize his integrity as a professional. But today he was handed his walking papers and asked to leave the compound. To add salt to the wounds, Smith Senior was detained by officers and was searched. Smith Senior believes he was politically victimized.

 

Lionel Ernest Smith, Former Manager of Parole, Kolbe Foundation

“I was given a letter by the C.E.O. of prison, Mister Earl Jones…decision made by management. I asked what happened and they said that they just decided that they no longer require your services. But on yesterday’s date, there was a major article about the prison and the Superintendent herself, Taheera Ahmad and Chairman, Mr. Woods, Kolbe Foundation. There was a major article on facebook about the seven and a half million dollars that the prison received and the new contract that was signed and a former chief officer –I will not call his name—that he is behind this issue on the facebook thing. And it is rumored that he is also some P.U.P. Activist. So I was linked to him that I was knocking beers and pint with this man.  Something was brewing and I had been called in the superintendent’s office stating that I post political posts on facebook. I said, but I have a personal facebook page and I know how politics think in Belize, but I feel that I also have the right and freedom and a voice. I don’t try to be derogative and disrespectful to my management or the foundation which gives me a paycheck.  After getting this letter this afternoon, I was told to clear my desk out and to give them the passwords to my computer and programs that I ran at the prison. So I told them fine; call the IT guy let him come over and check what he has to check. So I was told by Mister Jones, C.E.O., that I will not get my severance pay and notice pay until everything is verified that the computer is not sabotaged. Also they have been stealing my flash drives from me to try to insinuate in some way that I might be taking information from the prison and give to the P.U.P. as they allege that I am a P.U.P. activist and supporter.  I was detained for forty-five minutes to an hour and they called the QRT staff, the Quick Reaction Force, that they have behind the prison. The only thing that was short was to put handcuffs on me for this flash drive that I had at my house.”

 

Duane Moody

“So you were searched—your person and your vehicle?”

 

Lionel Ernest Smith

“Yes, my vehicle was turned inside out with a bunch of like six to nine guys. And they hold back my severance pay and my little stipend from the prison employee fund, there is a welfare fund there. So I am just saying why all this and why am I being targeted.”

 

We were unable to get comment from Kolbe Foundation because administration and management had already left for the day.

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14 Responses for “Former prison employee says it’s political victimization”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Although I don’t descend to input on this type of despicable governmental institution excremental behavior, I daresay that efforts should be expended to eradicate the corruption that exists at Kolbe-John Woods Foundation and the judiciary to keep and maintain the prison population at a certain level so that the profits are maintained while justice is thrown out the window.

  2. melinda says:

    Good riddance!!

  3. Sharmaigne says:

    I know Lionel as he worked at our company before and was terminated because he was incompetent and unprofessional here. I am amazed that they hired him at Kobe but I am not surprised they fired him either. I don’t know the full story there but can say he also went around claiming political victimization to hide the real truth which is because of his incompetency and arrogance. Wolf in sheep clothing all I can say!!!

  4. Storm says:

    Other countries have laws that PROTECT “whistle-blowers,” people who disclose wrongdoing by public employees. We need one here. People shouldn’t be punished for being honest — I’m not assuming that Smith was the source of the information, he may just be a victim of typical Belizean political machinery, something that should not be possible with public employees. [Sure, Kolbe technically isn't a public agency, but they are filling a public contract, and the same principles should apply in that situation.]

    If there was misappropriating of prison funds, the wrong person has been fired. Fire the thieves, even lock them up.

    This story is just beginning, I suspect.

  5. guardian angel says:

    you were fired because you are an @$$! i know you in person

  6. No surprise says:

    I too know this good gentleman and like SHARMAIGNE i dont know the details of this particular incident but what i do know is that he is a political prostitute for the pup and he lives, breathes and in his own words would die for the pup.
    I am not at all surprised that he did something like they are claiming…

  7. party boy says:

    Something fake about this guy!

  8. Charlemagne says:

    If he is incompetent he is not a wolf or a sheep. maybe sheet

  9. Prison Officer says:

    Good riddance! I work with this idiot at Prison and he is a complete numb skull, incompetent! he cudnt do nothing! Just give excuses after excuses for lack of work. Lazy no !@$$.

  10. Shaun says:

    Well for one I can say he lasted two damm long at the prison. STUPID FOOL!! MOST PEOPLE CAN LEARN AND ADOPT TO A WORK ENVIRONMENT BUT THIS @$$ CAME AND FELT THAT HE KNEW IT ALL AND TO BE A MANAGER FOR OVER A YEAR YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GENERATED WORK WHEN CALL UPON BUT COULDN’T AT NO POINT ONLY GOSSIP AND BAD MINDING PEOPLE ALL YOU DID!! SO THE PRISON IS ONCE AGAIN FREE OF ONE @$$ AND IS WAITING FOR WHAT U HAVE PLAN NEXT!! WHAT THE NEWS SHOULD BE ASKING THIS FOOL, IS WHY IS HE HERE IN BELIZE? WHY HE HAS A GREEN CARD AND CAN’T GO BACK TO THE UINTED STATES? ASK HIM THAT AND WE WILL LAUGH TOGETHER WHEN HE GIVE YOU ALL HIS ANSWER!!

  11. Marge says:

    ONE word to describe this man

    LAZY

    Worked with him before and is worthless!! Worthless!!1 Worthless!!! Good Riddance for Prison.

    Hope anyone THINKING OF HIRING THIS IDIOT…BEWARE!!!!

  12. Naye says:

    “We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ”

    I am PUP and for the sake of me I can’t understand why our leaders don’t distance themselves and our party far from this scoundrel.

  13. CC says:

    If you searched for LIONEL SMITH on Channel 5 archives….DO NOT HIRE HIM….apart from being incompetent, a disgrace to the PUP name…he is LAZY and will slander you and your business…He and another disgraceful PUP Herman Blease have started a Facebook account against their former employer….Our PUP LEADERS and EMPLOYERS, PLEASE PLEASE take note of these people and distance yourself from them!!

  14. lightning says:

    CC you are right about Blease and Smith. Smith was just a waste of time at the prison. If you would have been working at the prison you would know what kind of people are apart of management especially Woods and taheera. They do fire people for no reason I’m not saying that smith did not deserve it he did. When it comes to prison only workers who know what happen behind that place should judge Management Mr. Woods team are corrupted employees are at work under fear. They don’t care about anyone family kids etc. As long as they have they money the come in they happy. Why don’t Mr. Woods fire Taheera? She is why all this is happening. All she does is bad mind people.

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