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Jan 15, 2014

Checks issued to Minister Edmond Castro from accounts of Belize Airports Authority

On any given day, evidence that a Minister or Minister of State used his authority to get money from a department in his portfolio would be big news. Checks issued to that Minister by a government department for his own personal use, or used to pay bills owed by that Minister would at the least raise eyebrows, and even warrant an investigation. But checks issued to Minister of State Edmond Castro from the operating account of the Belize Airports Authority have gone largely unremarked. The Belize Times broke the story just before Christmas, displaying checks which were allegedly handed over to Castro – checks drawn on the account of the Belize Airports Authority, which is a department in Castro’s portfolio. The first check is made out to Bowen and Bowen for five thousand dollars. The second is also made out to Bowen and Bowen, for five thousand, three hundred and twenty-one dollars. According to the Belize Times, those checks were allegedly used to pay the beverage company for drinks handed out at political functions hosted by Edmond Castro. The third check is made out to Edmond Castro for four thousand dollars. The fifth is also made out to Castro, for five thousand, one hundred and fifty-six dollars and fifty-five cents. According to the Belize Airports Authority, those checks were given to Castro as financial assistance after the death of his mother. The sixth check is apparently also for that purpose, since it is made out to a funeral home, in the sum of three thousand, three hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents. It will be practically impossible to get any sort of official comment at this time. Today we spoke to head of the BAA Kenworth Tillett who told us that we can write whatever we want because he has nothing to say about the checks. We also tried to reach Edmond Castro today. First he was in a meeting, and when we tried back he did not answer his phone.

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8 Responses for “Checks issued to Minister Edmond Castro from accounts of Belize Airports Authority”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    Yup, UDP style. We can do what we want, u can do nothing. Classic south-side thug style! What did you expect? These are the clown-advocates of transparency, accountability and honesty. Well, at least it’s transparent what they are doing. I say “bangles” them!

  2. Ali Baba, pimp of Belize Beano says:

    Repeat after me:

    To Be Belizean is to be corrupt to the bone.
    We embrace it, and tolerate it well, it is our fortune.

    A corrupt government will make us easy prey to drug cartels, and for the weak minds who lead us.
    Only then will we respect what Guatemala will offer us, to be part of their country.

  3. Belizean says:

    I agree. Corrupt. Some of my Family came to visit this Christmas and the customs officer at the Northern Border told them that he didnt want them to think that he was corrupt, but he want some money for them to bring their personal belongings into Belize. Corruption equals Belize!!

  4. sickntired says:

    Man i wish i have wa govt dept weh coudda write cheques fi me anytime i need it. My life woudda be sweet. So how come the pm no di jump all ova dis and mek wah press announcment? I guess they have them favourites.

  5. dats just gud says:

    @ Joe Blank & @ Ali Baba, pimp of Belize Beano………… I agree with unu, it is not right & must be investigated because we need answers………….BUT please just noh forget that unu [PUP] use to do it too & in SECRECY that was even worse, cause we [Belizean] neva even know much less feel the BONEING when we were being raped………NOW LET US ALL TOGETHER FIND A SOLUTION TO STOP IT BY BOTH COLOURS and start by looking in the mirror……….

  6. shame on u says:

    Belizean people are a stupid talk and cry and complain all day and that is all u do,you take no action.If castro has stolen money go and burn his house down!!Get rid of him the way the do in the middle east,don’t just sit there with your thumb up your ass and cry,if you you want to see some changes;take some action!!!Also I am pretty sure if you start doing some investigation you’ll realize that the BAA head person kenworth tillet is some way shape or form related to edmund castro the “hustler”.oohhh you”that just gud” you’re a typical belizean political idiot;stating “noh forget pup did it”.If that is what you think 1 political party should do just because the the previous did the same;then you just sit back relax and enjoy the ride as PUP,UDP AND ANY P BEND you over and shaft you properly!!!

  7. Al Rich says:

    What is the protocol for paying for political gathering. How do you get the Airport account to pay for these kinds of expenditures. Is there an accounting system set up for this government or is it a free for all to take what ever money is available.

    Is there anybody in charge of this country? This has to be the most corrupt leaders in the world. Everybody is out to make a buck on the back of the poor people.

  8. Bill Willitts says:

    This is why a flight from MIA to Belize is twice as expensive as a flight to Cancun.

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