Between what is said and done… corruption is present under current Bolivian government!

An Editorial from El Diario:

Between what is said and done

El Diario logoThe first revelations of some news inconvenience for the Government and the somewhat later approach of the same authorities, indicate much difference or contradiction. In the first impact the usual surge “heads will roll”, with greater emphasis if the damage is economic and the followers the actors, but then start mildly and to finish with half measures, falling short of justifying mismanagement.

The case of corruption in the Indigenous Fund (Fondioc) is one such case. In principle echoed the “heads will roll” and that justice takes control over the sanctions, however, that both the prosecution and the Justice have very sharp ears to interpret what may please or displease the highest governmental leadership and avoid contradict that directive.

The scene of the most recent amendment was the Chapare, during a management report that lent President Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia. The first appreciated that “just disappeared Bs.14.5 million” ($2 million) “and that is the mistake” of not knowing how to download the amounts executed.” This means that the projects were completed, however who can certify whether the Fondioc limited to disburse cash on simple application, perhaps inspired by the biblical invitation to “ask and you shall receive”. It is estimated that embezzlement totaling $500 million dollars.

Following with the emphasis that “they did not steal”, the president downplayed the amounts compared to what they “stole the neoliberal” who ruled and referred the example of some cases. A previous evil can not justify further evil. The Vice President added that the indigenous leaders “did not know how to make accountability. It was an administrative issue.”

He also was blamed “structure” of the Indigenous Fund created in 2005, although disbursements were initiated since 2010. Bringing water to his mill, Minister Carlos Romero said he introduced a bill to restructure the Fondioc which failed. Nemesia Achacollo, former chairman, said she knew the irregularities “from the beginning” but could not act “under pressure from the indigenous leaders.” Finally, there is still much to learn, such as disclosure of recordings and videos of the board meetings, among other things.

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