Opinion: Blue murder

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:38 PM

The President of the Parliament in Curacao is not on the same page as the faction leader of coalition party MFK about the Rosenmöller Committee’s recommendations. Ivar Asjes turned to hysterical theatrics instead by accusing the Netherlands of an attempted coup d’état, and colonial decision making. Asjes is also accusing the people who spoke with the committee, calling them the “group of 40” and insinuating – without using these words – that they have collaborated with the Dutch. Others, like the Partido Laboral, speak of political intimidation: Curacao has to solve its own problems but if it doesn’t there is going to be trouble, party leader Errol Goeloe is quoted as saying in the Amigoe.
To sum it up: those who have the most to lose, are screaming blue murder. They don’t want to be investigated, they don’t want their ministers to be investigated, and they want to be left alone so that they are able to continue with the way they are used to do business.
Fat chance that this will happen. The Rosenmöller committee wrote a more than decent report and it correctly points out that having the Prime Minister engage in a dog fight with the President of the Central Bank, is damaging to the democracy, institutions, the economy, and in the end to the people of Curacao.
Asjes’ Pavlov-reaction is the typical behavior of someone who knows that a proper investigation might serve the country, but it certainly won’t serve the interest of the targets of such an exercise.
The President of the Parliament grossly misunderstands the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in this matter. The investigation is about integrity, not necessarily about criminal acts. The Prosecutor’s Office will spring into action if there are serious suspicions that a crime has been committed. In those cases, the Prosecutor’s Office has the monopoly on prosecuting a case. But prosecutors are not chasing rumors and innuendos.
Improper behavior is not within the field of criminal investigation. If improper behavior is suspected, certainly when it concerns politicians, or even members of the government, the establishment of an independent committee (the Committee of Wise Men as proposed by Rosenmöller) seems to be the only way out of a quagmire those politicians themselves have created.
What is intimidating or colonial about all this? Those terms make interesting sound bites, but at the same time they sound hollow. The Wise Men will have to separate fact from fiction. If they find that ministers indeed have been behaving improperly, these ministers ought to accept the consequences and step down. If it turns out that they have broken the law, it is up to the Prosecutor’s Office to decide on a course of action.
In the meantime, we agree with the PAR-faction that ministers who are under such a cloud of suspicion, ought to step down, if only temporary, to make way for a proper investigation that will either absolve them or send them to the dog house.
Knowing the way things go in politics in Willemstad, none of this will happen. The ministers will remain in function, and they will unleash every force they are able to think of to frustrate a proper investigation. What a way to celebrate the first anniversary of country Curacao.

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