Pueblo Soberano Ministers defraud millions
WILLEMSTAD – There is a massive corruption threatening to come to light. From a leaked report of the Court of Audit for the years 2014 and 2015 it appears that ministers have approved millions of guilders for projects while they do not have the authority to place their signature on any financial obligation documents.
Only public servants, who have been authorised by the Ministry of Finance, have the authority to sign these documents. The Ministry has a list of all the public servants who are authorised to sign and it does not include ministers.
In total would there were almost 700 work orders with a total value of more than 8 million guilders, converted is more than 4 million dollars. The biggest culprit is the Minister of Social Development, Labor, and Wellbeing Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia. In at least one case, she increased a grant of 40,000 guilders for a company of party member to more than 300,000 guilders.
The current demissionary Prime Minister of Curaçao Dr Bernhard Whiteman also ignored this crucial rule. Officials who questioned the ministers about breaking this rule were either transferred or punished for ‘improper conduct’.
The ministers are members of the party Pueblo Soberano (PS) of the 2013 assassinated politician Helmin Wiels. Before his death, he was the one who denounced the massive corruption on the island.
The outrage in Curaçao is great. The leaked report has yet to be officially published but already have angry MPs asking questions.
Curaçao currently has a caretaker government since the elections on October 5. There are ongoing coalition talks and the chances are that Pueblo Soberano will deliver two ministers in the new government. A leading candidate for a ministerial post is the same Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia who is now being called as the biggest offender.