Amid the allegations of corruption at the National Sports Council, the former Minister of State in the Ministry of Sports, Herman Longsworth has been recalled home. Longsworth had left the political arena when he gave up his run in the Albert Division for the United Democratic Party. It is suspected that he was coerced out of Albert with the promise of a cushy job in New York. As they say, all good things must come to an end and this seems to be the end of the road for Longsworth and his diplomatic career. Love News reached out to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Pat Andrews who confirmed the report.
Patrick Andrews, CEO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “I really won’t be able to comment more than what you have mentioned. As a matter of fact I have a meeting with him programmed so I really can’t say say anything much. The decision was made for him to be recalled and that is where it’s at. He goes back to New York I understand over the weekend but he has handing over to do and packaging and stuff like that to return to Belize so it’s going to be a couple weeks before that is all transitioned out.”
The allegations of corruption came up in the Auditor General’s report which refers to contracts that Longsworth received from the National Sports Council via a company he managed, dubbed Go Enterprises. Longsworth reportedly had Elsworth Goff and Araceliana Orio signed on as directors of the company but they were never made aware of any contracts from the National Sports Council nor did they receive any of the monies. According to the Auditor General, a portion of the money was traced back to Longsworth’s personal bank account while some went into the Albert UDP Committee’s bank account. In total, it was reported that Longsworth collected an estimated one hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars.