In the Government they are sure that there is a conspiracy going on. The responsible? Rafael Correa. That is the justification that the official spokesmen found to try to explain the latest complaints and incidents (including the escape of Fernando Alvarado, former Secretary of Communication and prosecuted for embezzlement): an armed strategy to destabilize the Lenin Moreno regime.
The same president said yesterday, on national television, that “the mafia has beaten us, we have been cheated by the usual swindlers”. He said it when repudiating Alvarado’s escape, which he maintained, “is evidence of a treason encysted in our dependencies.” He offered to promote the necessary extradition processes or “arrest (the suspects) if they are still here.”
Moreno did not measure himself in his criticisms of those who, in the past, were his allies. He affirmed that there are crimes in all sectors of the State and reiterated that there were violations “of all rights, of all”. He accused them of “creating an administration with tentacles of ignominy and corruption.”
And the problem, according to the Government, is that they have not managed to dismantle this scheme. After 17 months in power, they have “discovered” that there are “infiltrated correctors” in the middle management of public institutions. The escape of Alvarado, who was wearing an electronic shackle, gave them the proof they needed.
Paúl Granda, Minister of Justice (e); Andrés Michelena, Secretary of Communication; and Santiago Cuesta, adviser to the president, are certain that the former official could only have escaped with the help of public officials, especially Justice.
Michelena (who was also part of the previous Government in the Communication Secretariat led by Alvarado) called them “moles”. Cuesta said that they “mimic in a very intelligent way”. Granda, who in his time was also close to Rafael Correa, spoke of a necessary purging of the public sector.
The paradox of the denunciation is that the Government of Moreno inevitably has the same basis of the previous regime and even maintains in its positions several ministers who were past government officials. Moreno justified it by saying that he believed in those who, until a few months ago, “declared honesty and patriotism (…) but have as a profession the deception and behavior of the escape.”
He acknowledged that there is “fear” for this correísta attack that would have another battlefield: social networks. The complaint speaks of a coordinated attack that has already affected several members of the Cabinet. Cuesta, adviser to the president, said there are 23,000 accounts “created to attack, create opinion, create a mirage.” The official acknowledged that it is impossible to identify the users behind those accounts, but indicated that they have recognized the supposed leaders.
The fight extends to the Assembly
The suspicions of the members of the Executive extended to the correístas legislators. “With so many valuable assembly members that the country has, entrusting Marcela Aguiñaga with the treatment of the Anticorruption Law is like putting the cat for a steward. #RespondePorSamanes # CorreístasPrófugos “, wrote the secretary of the president, Juan Sebastián Roldán. Replied in the same tone: “If you want to clean up the policy, start with you”. (I)