Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Asjes denounces MFK’s lies

AsjesWILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes was highly critical of the conduct of the opposition party MFK in Parliament. According to the Prime Minister, the opposition faction lies by claiming that he gave 1.2 million guilders to a political friend to prepare a report on the new national sports institute. The opposition party said that this report was already approved and commissioned in 2012.

Several MPs representing the MFK heavily criticized the way the government planned to establish the sport institute Fundashon Nashonal Instituto di Deporte Korsou (FINDK).

MFK stated that a report on the establishment of a sport institute had already been drawn up and it only cost 30,000 guilders. Now the government aims to issue another report on the same object for 1.2 million guilders of public money. The party demanded the Prime Minister to return the money. Asjes completely rejected these accusations. He spoke of continuous, blatant lies of the MFK.

The Premier stressed that the amount of 1.2 million guilders came from the Dutch funding institute Usona. This amount is intended for the development of a sports policy for Curacao. Asjes went back to the 2012 report to indicate that at the time it was agreed that an outside consultant would be hired to set up the sports institute, but this was never done.

Upon taking office, the Prime Minister decided to pick up the process. In consultation with Usona eight consultants were approached. These consultants already had a working relationship with Usona. From these eight consultants, Gabi da Costa Gomez was chosen.

This consultant will be appointed as interim director of the FINDK. Together it was agreed that he will lead the process of setting up the sports institute. In this context, it was agreed that he will have to undertake 25 specific actions. It involves the preparation of a business plan, organizational structure and the housing plan for FINDK.

Asjes also indicated that Usona approved the project and the funds. He also said that it’s not true that Da Costa Gomez received 1.2 million guilders.  He received a total of 688 500 guilders. The rest will be used for training purposes.


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