Controversy Surrounds Ruth Guerra-Shoman’s Presidency as Some Belize National Teachers Union Members Seek Injunction
Ruth Guerra-Shoman – she is the president-elect of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), and the woman who was ordered by the Supreme Court 23 years ago to repay monies embezzled from the Belize Yacht Club. Since her win of the union’s presidential seat, her past has come back to haunt her, and a group of union members are seeking an injunction and judicial review to block her presidency. A copy of a petition has been circulating among the union members, stating, quote, “It is clear that the actions and history of Ruth Shoman raise legitimate concerns about her eligibility to hold the position of President within the BNTU. By supporting this petition, you affirm your commitment to the rule of law, ethical conduct, and maintaining the high standards our Union upholds.” End of quote. A press release from the group behind the petition has noted, quote, it is clear that the actions and history of Ruth Shoman raise legitimate concerns about her eligibility to hold the position of President within the BNTU. As concerned members, we have tried to address and resolve these issues via BNTU’s Council of Management but to no avail. This has led us to have no confidence in the objectivity and impartiality of the Council of Management. Consequentially, we are now forced to implement the following actions: A petition to all BNTU members; File a court case for Judicial Review; and any further actions necessary to address these concerns. We hereby appeal to all BNTU Members who understand the gravity of this situation to sign the petition. By signing, members will demonstrate their unwavering dedication to the principles and values that underpin the BNTU. Together, we can uphold the integrity of our Union and ensure that our leadership represents the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.” End of quote. We have not been able to ascertain how many have signed the petition, but it is a matter we are currently looking into. The press release further notes that on June 24, 2023 at a special council meeting, Guerra-Shoman was requested to produce documentation or proof that the she was employed by the United States Department of State as a facilitator, but has failed to do so. Interestingly, Guerra-Shoman is to take up her post in July, after being elected as President in April 2023. This is a story we are following, and will bring you updates accordingly.