The correísmo left a difficult bill to charge. The corruption that surrounded the management of former President Rafael Correa can be counted, in part, by the reports approved by the Comptroller General of the State. According to the entity, several works of the past decade left glosses and fines that are close to 900 million dollars.
Of that amount, according to a report of activities to which EXPRESO agreed, 814 million dollars correspond to economic sanctions against citizens that affected the State’s finances. There are also 28 million dollars in reinstatement orders in favor of the country and an additional 20 million dollars for administrative sanctions against public servants.
How much are the fines? If the Comptroller’s Office manages to collect the aforementioned values, it would be possible to build 172 millennium schools or seven hospitals like the one in South Guasmo.
The surrogate general controller, Pablo Celi, highlighted the work of the entity during the past year. He explained that, in total, 2,551 general reports were approved. The figure includes the internal examinations of each public entity and those approved by the Central Office of the Comptroller.
In 2018, in addition, 265 reports with indications of criminal responsibility were approved and sent to the Prosecutor’s Office. One of the highlights -and that includes the former president of the Republic- is related to the management of “internal and external indebtedness and the issuance of treasury certificates.”
In the list are also the construction of schools, roads and hospitals that were overpriced. There are also reports against sectional governments.
Another correístas process that generated more reports is the reconstruction of Esmeraldas and Manabí after the earthquake of April 2016. The Vice Presidency of the Republic, then in the hands of the sentenced Jorge Glas, committed several irregularities in control and management of the resources that should reach the victims.
Guillermo Celi, SUMA Assemblyman, also has his sights set on reconstruction. He told this newspaper that he will initiate an investigation from the Assembly to establish responsibilities.
With the departure of Carlos Pólit, his deputy, Pablo Celi, accelerated the publication of reports against the previous government.
One of the initiatives of Celi was the creation of citizen oversight offices for debt and IESS investigations.
Another of the powers of the Comptroller General is the dismissal of officials. Several officials of the previous Government had that sanction. (I)