Corruption uncontrollable in the Dominican Republic

Former presidential candidate Guillermo Moreno says there is a pandemic of uncontrollable acts of corruption in the current administration, with the example coming from the highest echelons. He added that it was regrettable that State Prosecutors did not pursue any of the charges of corruption that are denounced.
Moreno says that it appears that President Leonel Fernandez doesn't have the will to prosecute and punish those acts.
For Moreno, the impunity relating to most of these acts is what makes the situation worse. "The amount of corruption is severe: nepotism in government institutions, institutions that make purchases without due process, government officials who assign themselves hefty salaries, per-diems and thousands of other forms of corruption," he said.
He added that these acts remain unpunished because corruption is the easiest way to achieve wealth in this country.
With a slight tone of pessimism, Moreno added that there was no way things could change in the DR, because the conductor of the orchestra, President Fernandez, hasn't set the tone, doesn't instruct, doesn't lead and doesn't display the will to punish corruption.

However, President Leonel Fernandez met with the anti-corruption departments of his government and representatives of the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank yesterday. Present were Jose Joaquin Medina for the Commission for Ethics, Hotoniel Bonilla for the Department for the Persecution of Corruption, General Prosecutor Radhames Jimenez Pena and General Controller Simon Lizardo. Also attending for the government were legal advisor to the President, Abel Rodriguez del Orbe, Secretary to the Presidency Cesar Pina Toribio, and Eric Hazim for the Government Prosecurement and Services Deparment (Law 340-06), as reported in Hoy.
For the UNDP, Mauricio Ramirez Villegas, resident representative and Valerie Julliand, resident coordinator attended, and country representative Roby Senderowitsch and Maritza Rodriguez were at the meeting for the World Bank.
The meeting comes following the new scandals presented by TV journalists Alicia Ortega and Nuria Piera, this time on questionable practices at the electricity and dam operation departments. The journalists are popularly now known as the government anti-corruption SWAT team.


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