Parliamentarians pointed out that Alvarado should step aside due to the alleged acts of corruption that occurred when he was in charge of the portfolio of Housing, Construction and Sanitation.
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Geiner Alvarado after being sworn in by Pedro Castillo as Minister of Transportation and Communications. Photo: Presidency/
At the Congress, there are more and more voices demanding the departure of the Minister of Transport and Communications, Geiner Alvarado, who was investigated by the prosecution for the alleged crime of criminal organization together with the president Pedro Castillo.
In a dialogue with El Comercio, members of seven groups, including Peru Libre, pointed out that Alvarado should step aside due to the alleged acts of corruption that occurred when he was in charge of the Housing, Construction and Sanitation portfolio.
José Williams, Alternate spokesperson for Avanza País, pointed out that “for reasons of principle and ethics, Mr. Geiner (Alvarado) has had to step aside.”
“He must be questioned and there are sufficient reasons for him to be censored […] His permanence (in the Cabinet) is unsustainable and it is evident that he is involved for the legal reasons that are being presented. I think he should step aside, but he won't, so we're going to have to censor him”, he expressed.
Presidente @PedroCastilloTe, x decoro, x respeto a su investidura y x respeto al Perú. Retire del cargo de ministro a Geiner Alvarado. Bajo el paraguas de su gestión y su refrendo oficial, un mecanismo de corrupción ha operado en @viviendaperu. Otro Silva NO. #FueraGeiner👊🇵🇪
— Susel Paredes (@suselparedes) August 24, 2022
On the other hand, Pasión Dávila, a legislator from the Magisterial Bloc, said that the process against Alvarado is in the hands of the prosecution and that “there is still no evidence” that incriminates him.
“The request for interpellation is in Congress. After the interpellation we will evaluate (censor it)”, he stated.
Dávila added: “It depends on the president and the minister On the issue of exit, I respond to Congress.”
Alvarado goes to the Attorney General's Office
The head of Transport and Communications, Geiner Alvarado, went to the Attorney General's Office on Wednesday, August 24, to make his statements regarding the investigation into the alleged crime of criminal organization with President Pedro Castillo.
According to the tax thesis, said network would have operated when he was in charge of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation. The Prosecutor's Office also considers that the minister was the “lieutenant” in said organization.
On August 11, the National Prosecutor's Office opened a preliminary investigation against Alvarado and President Pedro Castillo for allegedly being involved in a criminal organization through which works were irregularly tendered in Anguía, in Cajamarca.
La Fiscal de la Nación dispuso iniciar investigación preliminar al presidente de la República, Pedro Castillo, y a Geiner Alvarado, en su condición de ministro de Vivienda, por presunto delito contra la tranquilidad pública, en la modalidad de organización criminal. pic.twitter.com/yfwfylhZoI
— Ministerio Público (@FiscaliaPeru) August 11, 2022
According to the hypotheses of the Public Ministry, the minister could be considered a lieutenant and one of the leaders of a criminal organization to manage works when he was Minister of Housing and favor the company of Anggi and Hugo Espino.
Geiner Alvarado has been part of the Executive since the Pedro Castillo government began. Until August 5, he was Minister of Housing and currently occupies the portfolio of Transport. (Photo: MTC)
This accusation was denied by the minister himself and by his lawyer. Through his Twitter account, Alvarado “flatly rejected being part of a criminal organization” and asked the prosecution to “clarify the case promptly, in order not to affect the dignity of the people.”
Alvarado was Minister of Housing since Castillo assumed the presidency, on July 28, 2021, until Friday, August 5, when he became Minister of Transport and Communications.
Constitutional complaintAnother initiative against Alvarado in Congress
Congresswoman Patricia Chirinos, from the Avanza País caucus, filed a constitutional complaint against the Minister of Transport and Communications, Geiner Alvarado, based on the information that has been released about her alleged links to acts of corruption in the Government.
The document was formally presented on August 11 and raises constitutional accusation against Alvarado for the alleged crimes of criminal organization and illegal sponsorship. He is also being denounced for an alleged constitutional infraction.