BELIZE CITY, Mon. Sept. 14, 2020– In a memo circulated on September 7, 2020, the Belize Tax Services announced that Jumoke Castro, a former bailiff, has been terminated and can no longer perform any work on behalf of the department.
This memo marks the end of an ongoing deliberation by the Public Service Commission regarding what measures would be taken to address the conduct of young Castro, son of senior UDP minister Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro.
In December 2019, Jumoke Castro responded to a post made by Pastor Louis Wade with extremely vile and distasteful comments, which included threats to sexually assault the pastor’s wife, Shasta Wade.
These ugly remarks made by Castro triggered public outrage and severe criticism from all sectors of society, even his father’s United Democratic Party.
The Public Service Union also issued a strongly worded release against Castro, but was later obliged to represent him in proceedings to ensure his rights as a union member or risk a lawsuit, as explained by the union’s president, Gerald Westby at the time.
Jumoke Castro was subsequently placed on administrative leave by the Belize Tax Services and the matter was sent to the Public Service Commission, which recently made the decision to terminate his service.
In a phone interview with Amandala, Pastor Louis Wade, managing director of Plus TV and media personality, said, “We are satisfied with what the Public Service Commission has done. We just hope that it is a wake-up call for him.”
At the height of the fallout following the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Willams, sought the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, since no legislation is yet in place to address cyber bullying in Belize.
Jumoke Castro issued an apology the following morning after the wave of criticism came against him.