María Alejandra Vicuña: “This is a systematic campaign that wants to affect the government and me in particular”
The vice president of the Republic, María Alejandra Vicuña, rejected the evening of this Tuesday at a press conference, the recent accusations against her,according to sworn statement, one of her ex-advisers, Ángel Sagbay, for allegedundue charges when Vicuña was Alianza PAIS Assemblyman and that this is a”systematic campaign that aims to affect the government and me inparticular.”
“Itis astonishing that a person who has been a militant and leader of the Alianza Bolivariana Alfarista and Alianza PAIS in his province, whom he even esteemed and who also until recently publicly supported the management of the Vice Presidency and the government, and After more than 5 years of working with me as part of my team, for the opportunity that was given to him as a militant and political activist in the territory, right now at these junctures I made thiss worn statement based on lies “, noted the Vice President.
Heaffirmed that “he suspects the real motivations he had to make a terrible mistake, error that must be brought to justice for lying under oath … It is totally inadmissible that this person (Angel Sagbay) who until recently not only requested and even demanded charges public, contracts, loans of money and others, now turns out to be the champion of transparency “.
Here I have the evidence, affirmed Vicuña, who added that “Mr. Sagbay, since September 2018, threatened to forge this accusation if we did not give in to the demand for positions, and particularly that of governor of Morona Santiago,director of the IESS in that province; but as we do not give in to this black mail, this pressure, this extortion, because we are committed to transparency, these slanders are made public today. “
“Remember that behind every slander and defamation there is always a beneficiary … Who benefits from this situation? Who wants political chaos? Who wants a political crisis in the country? Who is financing Sagbay? … Here I have Evidence, in the document (sworn statement of Sagbay) says that who called him in this context of the messes of tithes in the National Assembly was (the exlegislator)Andres Paez and what he (Sagbay) called the Correistas … There is no doubt the origin of extortion, so I will present the respective complaint to the Prosecutor, “said Vicuña.
“Nobody has ever conditioned the income, nor the permanence and less their job stability, to pay a single cent.” All the contributions for Alianza Bolivariana Alfarista and for PAIS Alliance have been made in compliance with our duties as militants … contributions have always been transparent, there are no contributions under the table, we are not financed by banks, power groups, Odebrecht, we, as militants, finance the political action of our organization, “said Vicuña.
“The systematic campaign of discredit against the government of everyone, of the President, of the Vice President is evident, and I want to thank the President of the Republic for the affection, support and confidence that he has shown me today,” the Vice President concluded.
Vicuña has held the vice presidency of Ecuador since January of this year, after the dismissal of jailed former vice president Jorge Glas.
The Attorney General in charge, Ruth Palacios, announced on Tuesday that she will initiate a preliminary investigation against Vicuña, about the possible existence of a case of charging tithes to legislative officials, when she was a PAIS assemblywoman. In brief statements this morning, the second president had said that everything was an infamy.
In turn, ex-legislator Andrés Páez denounced Vicuña for influence peddling.
President Lenin Moreno wrote Tuesday afternoon on his Twitter account that “we have created the necessary conditions for independent justice and functions, and alleged accusations have been made against the Vice President to see if there are responsibilities or not.” (I)