terça-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2013

The case of Emilia Pires: Anti-Corruption Commission Investigates Odete Viegas‏

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Timor Post - Tuesday, 19 February 2013 - Translated from Tetum 

The former Director of the Guido Valadares National Hospital, Odete Viegas was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) Yesterday, Monday 18 February, as a witness in the case of the Finance Minister Emilia Pires who is suspected of abuse of power. 

"I was questioned on my position as former hospital director, and the questions put to me by the CAC, former 5 questions, like, about my role in the annual budget planning process," Odete Viegas explained to journalists after her interview at the CAC office in Farol, yesterday. 

She said that the National Hospital did need to procure beds for patients. "Because if you look at the beds that are being used at the National Hospital, we have 340 which makes it impossible for us to respond to these things, but at the same time we are not only looking at beds but must also look at other things such as equipment for our work," Viegas added during the interview. 

However, the priority from the National Hospital proposal was for 2 machines and 2 beds, but after the license was given to the company that won the tender, then 80 beds were supplied, of which the National Hospital only users 50, whilst the remaining 30 in storage. 

She confirmed that at the moment she signed documents she was only requisitioning to buy 2 machines and 2 beds. According to the newspaper Tempo Semanal which last year published an interview with the director of the National Hospital Odete da Silva Viegas, said that in her letter of request, ref.130/adm/HNGV/III, to the deputy minister of health, Madalena Hanjan, she did not request the equipment supplied by the company Mac's Metalcraft Pty Ltd, owned by Warren McLeod, the husband of the finance minister, Emilia Pires. 

 In its article the newspaper also details how the letter of request to the former deputy minister of health, Madalena Hanjan, dated 22 March 2012 she requested the urgent purchase of medical equipment relating to the work of the haemodialysis unit, being 2 haemodialysis machines and 2 beds and consumables relating to the work of the haemodialysis unit. 

According to a list annexed and signed by the National Director of NALA, Leao Borges, S.Sos. MPH, the head of the Medical Equipment Management Department, Avelino Afonso Brites and the former Deputy Minister of health, Madalena FNH Costa Soares Bsn, a total budget was proposed in the amount of $2,004,100.00 to supply 17 itemised equipment to the hospital and health centres. 

 However, when the request was sent to the Finance Minister, Emilia Pires, the first 5 items of equipment on the procurement list were items to be supplied by the company Mac's Metalcraft. 

The newspaper Tempo Semanal raised allegations in their article that from these facts that emerged Emilia Pires had breached the law number 10/2005, the Law on Procurement Systems, in particular article 32 that regulates conflict-of-interest involving state servants.

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