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Feb 13, 2013

Natural Resources Ministry clarifies land deal

Beverly Castillo

News Five wouldn’t normally spend much time on the mudslinging which has become traditional at meetings of the House of Representatives, but one item caught our attention in the back and forth between the PUP’s Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Mai and the Minister of Natural Resources who is also the Deputy Prime Minister. The issue is one lot at Consejo in the Corozal District which was allegedly taken away from one individual and given to another. The person who lost the land held a valid title to it. The person who got the land was also given a title. It’s a routine occurrence except that in this case the person who lost the land took the Ministry of Natural Resources to Court, and won. The individual who was granted the land and title also won, since he was handsomely compensated for what the Ministry is calling a computer glitch.


Beverly Castillo, C.E.O., Ministry of Natural Resources

“The person identified as Mr. Correa was issued a title sometime in 2007 or late 2007 that said a lot; a title was issued for a lot; when we went into the new system that gave the appearance that that lot that was designed, that was designated for him was available because it was not properly inputted into the computer system. That lot was made available to Mr. Derrick Gillett and he was subsequently given a title. The matter we tried to negotiate with both land owners because both had a title, so both had a legal document in their hand and the matter ended up in court. The court decided that Mr. Correa that was the original intention, Mr. Correa was given the title but Mr. Derrick Gillett also had a title. I heard the comments that he did not even own the land, he had a title and so he had to be compensated either in land somewhere else of equal value or the market value for the title he had in his hand. Yes, a mistake that was not intentional because the land appeared to be available, I want to reemphasize that, and yes market value is used it does not; if development it may have been more than a hundred and forty-eight thousand. So I said it was what it would fetch in its current state on the open market and that was what was assessed for in the valuation section and that was, yes I signed the letter based on, as an administrative process, based on the valuation.”


According to Castillo, the offer of compensation from the Ministry of Natural Resources to the tune of one hundred and forty-eight thousand has been accepted and paid to Derek Gillett who is a highly connected political insider. 

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7 Responses for “Natural Resources Ministry clarifies land deal”

  1. Rod says:

    This woman should also be locked up for thief. The boldness of this corrupt pm and gov have no bounds every corner of this gov. Is corrupt and the thief from the poo people of this country rise up belizeans enough is enough this is why unu can’t feed unu family no jobs and the gov the thief outright from the people of this country lone thief Ina this ya gov. And that tha no yearry so. Barrow from you down unu the thief you should all be locked up I can’t believe the poo people of this country is tolerating so much thief from this gov.

  2. erectus maximus says:

    How incredibly convenient! Government has all kinds of $ to compensate their political cronies for land which they never owned and were simply given a title due to their connection in the gov’t. And this Minister wants to be PM? We are indeed up !@#$ creek without a paddle.

    Meanwhile many of the producers of the country are STILL AWAITING THEIR GST RETURNS FROM 2 YEARS AGO.

  3. dunfedup says:

    I sincerely hope this lady’s oration skills are better than this article would lend one to believe. If not, she certainly does not deserve the position she has if she can not think on her feet and remain coherent at the same time.

  4. William Freda says:

    How disgusting our politicians have become. No one mentioned that Gillet is now the person to see if you want land in Orange Walk. When honest working Belizean that wants to build there homes have to Jump through multiple hoops to try to get a land. If you think this the only land issue think again. Gillets Family has beach front property all over Belize. Very Sad.

  5. Buju says:

    Beautiful and Smart

  6. juniore says:

    Well, you Belizeans voted the UDP in. No crying over spilled milk. It is so Ludacris that people actually sell their vote for $40 or $50 and do not think of the consequences after the elections. All these idiots who voted UDP and got paid $40 for it, should be asked now if it was worth it. I hope that some of them get their land taken away by the righteous Deputy Prime Minister Vega, all for $40

  7. Bon Fiya says:

    I agree Dunfedup…. what is she saying?????? How incoherent and discombobulating! Clearly Buju is reading a different news transcript.

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