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Dec 8, 2010

Allegations over swindling causing rift in Rural North

But aside from the land scandal, the residents have their own grievances against Castro. At today’s press conference, several allegations were raised that the fired area rep has also been deceiving other constituents in similar fashion. As we said they are allegations, and numerous were made including one for a million dollars for road repairs.

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Avalee Casanova, Vice Chair, Burrell Boom Village Council

“My concern is that Mister Castro brought in a surveyor stating that he is surveying land. But in Burrell Boom there is no land to be surveyed because the previous government already surveyed each area. He charges three hundred dollars, going around cancelling out the people of Burrell Boom and giving it to other people for three hundred dollars. Now that is wrong. The village council does not collect any of that money nor maybe the government does not collect any of that money. We want to know where does the money go and what does he do with the money because he’s done nothing in our village completely; nothing totally.”

Victoria Wade, Concerned Resident, Sandhill

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“For the past three years he has been coming to us with bogusness about giving out lands, pay three hundred dollars here, pay three hundred dollars there. When people go for their receipts, they can’t get receipts. It’s not something that he has done only in Santana Maskall; it’s something that he has been doing also in Sandhill. So it’s a trend that he has been keeping up in every area that he goes around trying to collect from various people. The prime minister, also he needs to play his role in this part. Stop keeping stuff from the people. Let the people know what’s up. We need to know what’s up.”

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George Guest

“The honorable minister got one point million or four point five or added together you got six point three million to build the roads in Belize Rural North, especially one point eight million that was supposed to be spent on the causeway and the roads in Crooked Tree. Well, all the material came from Crook Tree itself so where did the one point eight million go? And the minister owes an apology to Crooked Tree in the amount of one point for million dollars so if he does not return that I want his books audited and I want his bank account foreclosed too.”

Oscar Pollard Senior from Burrell Boom also alleges that Castro has been using village chairpersons to collect money for land transactions. While no minister of government should be collecting money for land, the villagers say that they have been provided with ordinary receipts for payments.

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15 Responses for “Allegations over swindling causing rift in Rural North”

  1. rootsman says:

    The people are rising up take heed Mr. Prime Minister you have an obligation. Keep pushing forward people a change has got to come and please don’t let them intimidate you. I am proud of my Belizean people.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    Clearing “CLEAR THE LAND”…………… off the land…….. THEY HAVE A PLAN.

  3. BZNinCALI says:

    Is there anyone this man did not screw over? If Ballz is right & he/she may be because the story has been out for a little while, why has he not been charged with statutory rape or has he used the money to shut her mother up? Charge her for pimping & pandering.

    No conscience, no self control & I hope the people of Maskall/Sandhill run his thieving, whoring rear out of their village

  4. Marshall says:

    I want hear d allegations bout d 14 year old young gial. Channel 5 do some investigative reporting, no?

  5. Bruce says:

    Three hundred dollars that is a real deal up north before UDP in town lots were $5000.00 same kind of receipt!!

  6. Justice says:

    This is serious but then with a Barrow administration anything can happen. Politics in Belize is dirty and no party is reliable but this administartion has taken the cake. Castro should definitely go and made to repay all the monies he collected. I would like Barrow to return all monies he alowed his family to gain from being PM!

  7. Sara says:

    He want to get rich by scamming money from the poor people.
    The Prime Minister need to remove this CROOK from his AREA REP POST.

  8. belizeanpride says:

    BRING IT ON PEOPLE, stand up for your rights, it’s enough of their scams that ministers do and we can’t accept it no more nor takke it no more.

  9. lena gial says:

    its only d begining PM more to come Montero son owns BMDC PM need to investigate all minister how they got rich in 2 years Moya Flowers built a mansion and many many more pls lets stand up and over throw dis bloody thiefing sets a gangesters

  10. rootsman says:

    The people are rising up take heed Mr. Prime Minister you have an obligation. Keep pushing forward people a change has got to come and please don’t let them intimidate you. I am proud of my Belizean people.

  11. Blind Eye Jamesie says:

    Even me kuh see di man di hussle. how on a minister’s salary (around 60-70k/yr) he can afford to have a cycling team when a racing bike cost fifteen thousand. his sons change racing bike strait. and even afta all a dis the white montero still deh behind his sons and the clear di land team. who yu tink di pay fu dat..


    Great job Belize Rural, continue with your cause and don’t be intimidated. Village people this is the time to stand united and not divided—put politics aside and think of Castro as a regular citizen and not a Politician—- what would your reaction to someone scamming you be?

  13. Earl Grey says:

    WHERE is the FINANCIAL CRIMES UNIT???????????????? They got work to do……

    Zenida MOYA FLOWERS ……..MAYBE SHE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED…………. 4 missing monies.

    If she is innocent, it will be proven!!!……….then, there are others………….THE A LIST!!!!

  14. indy says:

    Ok! This is getting out of hand. We need to make an example out of this. Audit this man NOW!!!!! Nobody is above the law. Aren’t they suppose to disclose their income before they get in power alright let us see his bank accounts again.

  15. vigilante justice 316 says:

    That’s right people… stand up and let your voice be heard. If you want change you can’t let these bullies intimidate you. If all the people rise up and stand together we out number them thieves a million to one. The people want justice and they want it NOW!!!

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