Saturday, 21 April 2018

Defending Our Rights

Yesterday, I went out to do the food shopping, then went on to Bello, primarily to find some new wellington boots, I was fed up of getting bruised toes from wearing a pair that were too small, this is my problem here, no one seems to have more than a size 9 / 43 foot, but I did manage to find a 43 that I reckon was more of a 44/45, and they are fine, they also have steel toecaps, so dropping bricks will no longer be a problem either.

Whilst there, I also bought a trolley jack, which will make lifting vehicles and the trailer much easier at home, along with a new vacuum hose for the swimming pool.

Once home, I put away my purchases, then set to, cleaning the swimming pool, 12 change of filters later it was clean, and Marcela was home!

This morning, I went and picked up a friend, and we went to the Consejo in Copacabana for the meeting regarding the Town Hall grabbing our water companies in the surrounding mountains,




Just to prove I was there!


It was a full house, I went to put my support behind the local Community, not expecting to understand a lot, as they talk too fast, when it is not aimed at me.

We have  Consejal Hámer Perez to thank for the video, and for speaking up for the Community, he broadcast live on Facebook during the event, which went on for about 2 1/2 hrs. Marcela watched it all whilst working at the shop. Maybe it was just as well, because, obviously many of us didn't understand the outcome, Marcela informs me that the Mayor's mouthpiece, who spoke near the end, informed us that he had backtracked, and would no longer be seeking to  take over the Water Companies, with his plan for a Public Service Company, if that is the case it is a Victory for the small man.

However everyone I spoke to was still talking about attending the final meeting on Tuesday, so Marcela is going to confirm whether she is right or not.

I finally arrived home  just before midday.

Update:

The Consejales have now confirmed that the Mayor has withdrawn the Water Companies from his plan for a Public Service Company, which a indeed a Victory for the Little People, but we mustn't be complacent, he is devious enough to go for them at a later date.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Fighting Corruption Pt 2

During the meeting of the Consejales last night, I learned that the Mayor of Copacabana receives a pension, approximately  on a par with my pension, which came as a surprise, although, only being a comparatively small Municipality, I suppose it shouldn't have.

Why do I bring this up? well, on my pension, we can live relatively comfortably, but not in luxury, I have very little over at the end of the month, and yet in comparison, the Mayor has been able to accumulate a fleet of taxis, and a Public Bus, a Farm/Finca, and new cars for his daughters...How?

I obviously need some lessons in housekeeping, but I will not be taking them from our current Mayor, he is a despicable character, who has no consideration for the community he is supposed to care for, he fails to turn up for meetings, the excuse usually being that he had to go to a function in Medellin, yes, because he only goes where he has photo opportunities for the media.

When anything good happens in the Municipality, he will take the credit, albeit, it has nearly always been funded by Central Government or some other Organisation. When anything bad happens, he hides down his hole, like the rat he is, never to be found.

I ask people why no one goes to the Fiscalería to report, what is obviously a long list of criminal activity by this man, and I keep getting told that unless we have the evidence to back it up, they will not even start an investigation, that seems like a system in dire need of updating, surely it is for the Fiscal to investigate and find the evidence, the current system just protects the corrupt and inept Public Officials in this Country.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Fighting Corruption

This morning I tootled over to Bello, to buy some bits I can't get locally, stopping off for an early lunch on the way back (11am), I am being good at the moment, my diet is not quite as strict as Marcela's, but I am cutting out most of the fatty foods, so it was just scrambled egg with onion and tomato, with an arepa with quesito (cheese).

Back home, I then took it easy until Marcela was back and we went out at 5.30pm to attend a meeting of the Consejales (Town Council), the meeting was supposed to be an important one, because the Mayor is land grabbing, and trying to set up a Company of Public Services, part of which would be to take total control of our water company, unfortunately he does have rights, as the municipality gave land for the company. It would not be too bad, but he has no intention of making the Company work, he just wants to milk it dry with a few of his Mates from the Consejal, before they are out of Office next year, at which stage we will be, to put it bluntly...'In shit street', as all the Public Services will be financially ruined, and sold off on the cheap.

We are trying to put a stop to this, but unfortunately there is only one, possibly two of the fifteen Consejales on our side, so unless we can find a legal means to stop it, we are snookered, and it wont be long before we start having power cuts, cut in rubbish collection, water shortages etc. If that did happen it would be the final straw and we would have to move, I am not going primitive again, I had enough of that in my early days in Spain.

Unfortunately the only benefit of attending the meeting tonight, was that the Consejales saw that there are members of the Community who are not prepared to just roll over. There is another meeting at 8am on Saturday, where those that want, can have their say, then at 6pm next Tuesday, the Consejales have their debate and vote on the issue. I will be going on Saturday, as Marcela is working, not that I will understand much, they talk far too fast, but we need to have a show of support. Marcela will then go to the meeting on Tuesday.

We are all fed up of the blatant corruption, we have more evidence, that might come to light if things don't go our way, but at the moment I don't want to say more on that. The Mayor is only interested on ballooning his bank account whilst in Office, he hasn't done badly so far, but this would set him up for life, he has to be stopped.