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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018. 1:59 pm CST.

 

By BBN Staff: Last week, the Government of Belize (GOB) issued a release informing of the terminations of seven employees.

One of the seven terminated employees is Miguel Lopez and today he contacted BBN to explain his side of the story.

According to Lopez, he is being discriminated by Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos.

In an interview with BBN, Lopez stated that after being assessed and fully recommended for full tenure with the Ministry of National Resources as a District Manager for Lands Department by Senior Officer, Amin Bobadillo, Vallejos manipulated his assessment to reflect a poor performance.

Lopez has sought an Attorney who is appealing his case with the evidence he has gathered supporting his claim.

Lopez further shared with us that some members of the Cayo Lands Office were being investigated for suspicious land transactions and as the District Manager, he made several formal complaints and issued reprimand letters to staff members.

He believes that his reprimand of staff did not sit well with Vallejos.

With relation to the San Ignacio Lands office, an official assessment was done on the staff citing the following: ‘ The San Ignacio office needs a complete restructuring of both staff and building. Seems that the same way the office looks, the same way the staff is performing. The office needs urgent attention since performance is at its lowest level.”

The assessment also noted that the San Ignacio Office operates independently without supervision from Belmopan.

Various letters of reprimand were provided to us accusing officers from the San Ignacio Office of bribing members of the public to carry out the services that these officers were paid to do.

A document was also provided to us in which an officer of the San Ignacio Branch was being investigated for locating land that is already owned and allegedly transferring it into the names of her immediate relatives.

BBN notes that from San Ignacio, Lopez was the only public servant that was terminated.

All other officers from San Ignacio who were being investigated remain employed.

 

 

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