Despair is taking root into the Comunidad Ciudadana (CC). The latest offer of his candidate Carlos de Mesa lies closer to a joke: he offers to research the “overspending” in the government of Evo Morales, when he himself ordered to burn the evidence of the Reserved Expenses during his tenure.
Between 1990 and 2005, neoliberal administrations spent Bs. 1,468 million for Reserved Expenses. Instead of investigating that overspending, when he was president, Carlos de Mesa signed a Supreme Decree N. 27345 of January 31st, 2004, in which he ordered to burn the evidence of the Reserved Expenses.
The writer Emilio Martínez, in his book “El Caudillo Ilustrado” or the Erudite Duce, explained that De Mesa’s goal, with that decree, was to hide money from the Reserved Expenses he received when he was vice-president between 2002 and 2003.
On the other hand, journalist Amalia Pando, who was a partner of Carlos de Mesa on his PAT television network, revealed that, as a vice-president, he received monthly $ 100,000 of that budget item, an amount distributed among senior vice presidency officials, among whom is Lupe Cajías, his Anti-Corruption Delegate.
Pando herself explained that the cause for Carlos de Mesa to protect Goni’s former minister, Yerko Kukoc, and allow him to flee the country, was because Kukoc had documentary evidence of the money of the reserved expenses that De Mesa received, something the former minister of the Presidency, José Galindo, was “negotiating” with Kukoc.
For 20 years, neoliberal rulers became rich with the Reserved Expenses and also used it to “buy consciences”. De Mesa made the evidence burn, so that all of them remained unpunished. He manifested that the papers should be burned after the Treasury Inspector knew them, but there is no document in the Treasury Inspector´s office on this matter.
Therefore, in 2006, through Supreme Decree N.28686 and Act N.3391, President Evo Morales eliminated the budget item of Reserved Expenses.
Now, a shameless Carlos de Mesa says he will fight corruption and overspending. Does anyone believe him?