Motion: Ministers liable for mismanagement

POSTED: 01/22/13 12:37 PM

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Ministers have to be personally responsible for mismanagement, wasting community money and breaking the law. A majority in the parliament in Curacao supported on Saturday a motion to this extent. The motion asks the Council of Advice to prepare an advice that makes prosecution possible based on the criminal and civil code and on the principles of good governance.

The motion was tabled by the factions of Pais, Pueblo Soberano, PNP, independent MP Glenn Sulvaran and the opposition party Par. The factions point to the importance of good governance as a condition for peace and prosperity – two important pillars of the governing accord.

The factions say that there are enough indications for the mismanagement of public funds during the past couple of years. They refer for instance to the motion against Finance Minister George Jamaloodin in June of last year.

“Due to this mismanagement measures became necessary to balance the budget that will affect every citizen. The parliament has a task to control, guard and guarantee that public funds, national heritage and the general interest are served properly. It has to do everything possible to prevent mismanagement, wasting money and violations of the law,” the motion reads.

The opposition wondered whether political choices fall under the definition of mismanagement. MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte became agitated and wanted to discuss mismanagement with projects like Cadushi Cliffs, the Plaza Hotel, the closure of the Amstel-plant and the increase of the turnover tax from 6 to 9 percent. Ivar Asjes (Pueblo Soberano) reacted strongly to Schotte’s statements and referred to the fact that the refinery had been robbed blind by the previous government.

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