Alejandro Mallea writes in El Diario:
Debate on corruption and wastefulness
In Bolivia there were times of economic prosperity of the State, by the rising prices of natural resources in the international markets. If the leaders of those years managed such monies in a way that were properly administered, must have been in good faith and ability to incur in no waste.
Today the media tell us every day about corruption cases under investigation and new ones are surfacing. Several of them involved the authorities or their relatives’ appear. The trouble is that only a few come to an end.
In many cases of political corruption, very few have been punished, sometimes not even [those politicians] are disabled temporarily or permanently to participate in new elections.
If it is condemned the use of the office for kickbacks or bribes, what could be said of the rulers that left trapped citizens with useless and unsustainable infrastructure, especially when they so get enriched; are they perhaps exempt from responsibility for having driven monumental works, airports without passengers, satellites without communication, insufficient air fleets for traffic control of coca and cocaine, terminals and unfinished roads, sports centers and theaters in every small town, but with little use, etc?
If a person squanders his money is his problem. But if what is wasted on useless projects for society, it is done with people’s money, extracted by the sweat and effort of workers and their descendants will have to continue to pay the accumulated debt, shouldn’t [those guilty] be sentenced at least the one who incurred in that wasteful expense, making him never again to be in charge of public affairs? What kind of opposition is there in the Legislature, which fails to stop all arbitrary, unsustainable project?, are there no planned actions to avoid such setbacks and subsequent economic disaster? We are in the chieftaincy.
We have the law governing procurement, customs law, law of fighting corruption, but who made the law made the trap, a range of tricks used to circumvent them. For example deals downgrade, in exchange for reforms in the bidding weapon; border ports used to favor with imports and exports to selected government officials. Corruption in office, officials suffer from deafness and myopia when the accused are senior government officials. Since all of them will be excluded from all guilt and shame, what good is to have any attempt to fight against the corrupt?
It is known that the main rulers have learned in the past over 8 years an investment of 75,000 million (Ministry of Economy report, first quarter 2014) in several major projects in companies, organizations or foundations of the state, as “forces transforming Bolivia”. These rulers and the Economic Cabinet of the State should be detailed and explain each investment project, with documentation prepared by Engineering Economic Studies and Pre Feasibility of each project (detailing costs and national or international leaders of each project), current economic and financial situation and fair presentation of each investment.
It’s supposed that the government has all this information documented and the list therefore to the State President, who should feel as knowledgeable and responsible for these large enterprises, and without “having any reservations”, should feel calm to face any discussion with opponents, or when required by the citizenship.
But it appears that no such issues will be addressed in any discussion: drug trafficking, smuggling of precious minerals; performance of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal; state justice, bribery and bribe givers; benefits to the Group 77; satellite location, the cable-car; procurement of luxury goods for security; “Achievements” made in health and education; high costs in official propaganda media government and private, in the national territory and abroad.
Surely you can not speak of freedom of political prisoners, information and Internet usage, association, thought and expression in and out of the country to choose freely. And these issues are “scientifically” treated by experts from the Ministry of Government.
In other news, the media show the insatiable greed of those who speak for the people and hide their only interest in accumulating power, wealth and live in opulence. Given this stark reality, how much money will the mysterious business give?, will it be that the gold reserves deposited in the BCB are slowly disappearing?
In recent months, it is perceived as a support to “the force that transforms Bolivia” some private media, due to the upcoming elections engage into a national chain with [governmental media] TBN, Radio Patria Nueva and newspaper Cambio.
The opulent ruling dome can no longer hide their corruption or be excused of. It is required a clear and responsible political action, not settled in the dense thicket and venal court.
The author is a university professor.