Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2013

Position Sector Director Urban Planning untenable

WILLEMSTAD – The position of Sector Director Urban Planning, Caroline Gonzalez Manuel is untenable. The Board of the Road Fund Curaçao discovered that Gonzalez Manuel authorized three officials to take money from the Road Fund account at the Giro Bank. And that's exactly what happened: between January 2 and July 26, an amount of almost 7 million guilders was depreciated by unlawful payments, says the board of the Road Fund. Caroline Gonzalez-Manuel has been already under fire for suspicious remittances of building permits in Pietermaai.

Melvin CijntjeAccording to Member of Parliament for Pueblo Soberano (PS), Melvin Cijntje, there are illegal constructions taking place in the Pietermaai area. Pietermaai is a subdivision of Willemstad, east of downtown Punda. These buildings are being constructed by Jewel Investments, according to Cijntje.

“This construction company received illegal permits from the Government department for the construction of these buildings. There are certain civil servants who think that they are the Minister and are helping a criminal organization which currently operates the Pietermaai area,” Cijntje declared.

The MP has sent a letter to Minister Earl Balborda to request information about some of the petitions that were made to the department which resorts under his responsibility. One of the questions is how it is possible for certain Government officials to give permits to companies like Jewel Investments without the Minister’s authorization.

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