Bolivian mishaps due to current government’s performance
The following cartoons illustrate last few weeks that crumbled our daily lives:
At that time, we saw YPFB’s President talking with one of his aides.
Aide: “…why are spending all these remodeling in the building! … if we lack funds for production and exploration..!”
YPFB President: “..just because of that.. we at least will have a good image!… like ‘Jindal’!”
This past week (July 16), Jindal pulled out of the country and YPFB was facing corruption at higher levels.
Vandalism in Mallku Khota mine site, after a hostage situation, wounded people, including policemen, current government decided to cancel the contract with South American Silver, a Canadian company. Anarchy is taking over, not only our mining industry but nationwide…
After some pressure and ‘gifts’ to the indigenous groups of the lowlands, current government managed to split the unity of those indigenous groups and generated an impromptu election of CIDOB’s.
So, there are two president’s for the indigenous groups now and the cartoon shows the infamous TIPNIS road that will cut in half our National Park, the indigenous groups and their territories.
Both TIPNIS and CIDOB continue their struggle to keep their integrity, geographically and institutionally. The coming month will be crucial, to prevent the ‘consultation’ for road construction inside the TIPNIS and to prevent the consolidation of the new board in CIDOB’s structure.
Current president who has started his electoral campaign as he stubbornly is pushing for a re=election, for the third time, despite being forbidden by his own approved constitution. While he started making up promises, to recover his lost image, on July 21, he said he is ordering to buy two helicopters (two engine each) for travelling nationwide delivering infrastructure… sometime ago I heard about the concept “management by walking around” but this presidential ‘style’ is absurd and too expensive burden in our tax revenues. Let alone, demagogy and ‘cheap’ politics that does not help us overcome poverty, create jobs nor attract foreign investment capitals.
Foreign Affairs Minister says “no, never” the safe-conduct is on the floor and Senator Roger Pinto is inside the Brazilian Embassy, over 52 days… and counting.
Bolivia is getting in quick-sand with Brazil, not only in this issue but with the narcotraffick shadow, as reported by Veja…
Santa Cruz elected Governor Ruben Costas is facing heavy artillery from current central government. Last Friday, there was a huge concentration of people in the main plaza to ‘warn’ central government not to push Costas out of office. The autonomy benefits the whole country and as the person watching that pressure says “…for the moment, he is defending himself!”
And, so our political and economical life goes on…