Councilors request the resignation of the director of the UAESP due to allegations of corruption in the cemeteries of Bogotá
The 45 councilors unanimously agree to institutionally request the resignation of the official due to allegations of corruption in a contract
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Luz Amanda Camacho, director of the UAESP since 2020
The Bogotá Council returned from recess to begin the extraordinary sessions called by Mayor Claudia López. Before discussing the issues convened by the district administration, the lobbyists spoke out against the director of the Special Administrative Unit for Public Services (UAESP), Luz Amanda Camacho, for denunciations during her administration, both of corruption and of alleged violations of human rights.
The director of the UAESP, Luz Amanda Camacho Sánchez, resigned. “Not only are we innocent, but we are complainants” This Sunday, January 15, the official presented her irrevocable resignation from the entity as of the date
Councilwoman María Victoria VargasHe pointed out that since December 20, 2022, he filed a complaint with the Prosecutor's Office for serious events, such as an alleged bribe of 1,500 million pesos that would have been delivered to Camacho by contractors. “I cannot understand that the mayoress, Claudia López, who said that she would fight head-on against corruption, is silent. For me, you should immediately request the resignation of the director of the UAESP,” said the lobbyist.
Vargas cited the investigation by the magazine Cambio in the that the businessman Sergio Vanegas confessed to having given that sum of money to various officials of the entity, including the director, so that a consortium would keep the contract to operate the Central Cemetery of Bogotá< /b>, the Chapinero Cemetery, the South Cemetery and the Serafin.
The informant and businessman Vanegas pointed out that he had been invited by Éder Prada to form the consortium that won the contract. He maintained that this generated millionaire profits of up to 400 million daily for services, but that part of the money reached sub-accounts created by alleged UAESP officials to divert the funds.
The contract, which allegedly directed with corruption, is under investigation by the District Comptroller's Officefor non-compliance and other irregularities. But, in addition, according to the witness, human rights violations were committed, such as the disappearance of people who were passed by N.N. in cemeteries like Serafin.
Councilman Manuel Sarmiento of Dignity on complaints in the UAESP
“Here graves have been desecrated, bodies have been burned, bodies that seem to be part of the disappeared from the social protest of 2021 and perhaps from the 9th, 10th and 11th of 2020. What he says is very serious because those bodies were disappeared, perhaps victims of torture and buried or burned in the cemetery,” said Councilman Diego Cancino. p>
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Vanegas told Cambio that during the national strike, up to 300 people arrived without registration and were cremated. This was done because there was no control by officials of the internal processes in the cemeteries, which would have been overlooked to hide crimes.
“We are demanding that the director of the UAESP step aside, because this is absolutely intolerable, there are many questions that must be resolved,” said Cancino, who also requested a statement from Mayor López regarding the serious complaints. .
The caucuses have united in the resignation request. The councilors of the Centro Democrático, of Colombia Humana, the Liberal, Conservative bench spoke in the same vein. , the Dignity party, Polo Democrático, Patriotic Union, some of the Green and the New Liberalism, who made desk to support the petition. All the lobbyists would have requested an institutional letter from the board of directors.
Papo Amín on complaints in the UAESP
“Although a whole evidentiary process in the judicial system is missing here, the New Liberalism joins the petition so that the Board of Directors of the Bogotá Council asks the mayoress Claudia López the immediate dismissal of the director of the UAESP,” said Marisol Gómez.
Councilwoman Lucía Bastidas questioned whether these The facts were known by the director in 2022 or since 2021 when the facts are recounted by witnesses. In addition, it demanded a report from the Bogota Ombudsman, which said it “has been silent” in response to the complaints.
The Bogota Comptroller's Office determined 10 findings related to the delivery of reports and supervision failures in the administration contract of the city cemeteries. A preliminary investigation into the concession that could put the 41,000 million that the contract cost at risk was initiated.