Love News has been closely following the story about the termination of Herman Longsworth as Consul General to New York. His termination comes on the heels of the Auditor General’s Report on the National Sports Council and payments given to a shell company, Go Enterprises, put together by Longsworth. While CEO in Foreign Affairs, Pat Andrews, has confirmed the termination, our newsroom spoke with the Minister, Wilfred Elrington, who says he isn’t well versed on the matter.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Foreign Minister of Belize: “I spoke to the Prime Minister on the matter this morning while I was en route from Miami to here because I just come back from Jamaica the day before and he indicated to me that the Cabinet had taken the decision to terminate Mr.Longsworth’s tenure as our Consul representative in New York, that is basically what I know about it. I unfortunately was not at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, that’s the same day I left to go to Jamaica so I really don’t have the details as to on what basis the decisions was made by the Cabinet and the Prime Minister to terminate his employment with government. He’s being terminated, he’s being stripped of all the benefits that one gets once one is terminated but the details of his termination I don’t know. This is so sudden one would not know right on the tip of one’s tongue who the successor will be but we do need to put somebody there because the Consul General’s role is to look after the interests of the Belizeans living in New York and in the United States so we have to try to find a replacement as soon as he demits office.”
As we noted, Longsworth allegedly received contracts 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.