Buju Banton was not “fit and proper” to register foundation — Charities Authority

Jamaica’s Charities Authority has come out swinging, defending its decision to deny registration to reggae singer Buju Banton’s foundation

The organisation faced major backlash from fans of the Grammy Award-winning singer himself after it refused to registration his foundation because of his previous criminal conviction.

But in an interview on Television Jamaica recently, Erroll Gallimore, Head of the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), Charities Authority, explained why.

“We are of the opinion that he has not satisfied these particular criteria to be fit and proper,” he said. “We are concerned whether or not having Mr Myrie on the board of a Foundation would be in keeping with maintaining and protecting the public trust and confidence in charitable organisations, given the public knowledge of his conviction.  So we don’t feel he has met that particular criteria.”

He further went on to explain what it means to be “fit and proper”.

“It basically requires that the person should not be convicted of an offense involving dishonesty, and who, most importantly, in the opinion of the Authority is a person of sound probity and is able to exercise competence, diligence and sound judgment in fulfilling the responsibilities of a charitable organisation’s functions.”

“So we ensure that it fits within the four corners of the law, and it has nothing to do with any personality, or who the person are. It’s a matter of satisfying the criteria,” he said.

But all is not lost for Buju Banton. there are other ways in which he can register his foundation.

“In this particular reference case, one of the options which is available to anybody who is refused, is for the person to be replaced,” Gallimore said.