San Jose, Costa Rica – Welcome to Costa Rica where most government employees will almost never take responsibility for their own actions even if they are actualy to blame. If they can pass the buck they will always take that road. The president of the National Emergency Commission (CNE), Vanessa Rosales, denied responsibility to monitor and control the money used to build the trail border yesterday to the deputies of the Legislative Commission on Public Income and Expenditures.
“The Conavi began construction of the route from the end of 2010 with equity, long before the Executive Branch emergency decree promulgated in March 2011,” she said.
She added that under the decree, the resources of the National Emergency Fund used for the construction of the route were ¢ 2.522 million, with 87% of the work was executed with Conavi budget.
“(CNE) is the best provision that ¢ 16,000 million remain in that account and used to continue the work, attached to the scope of the agreement signed,” said Rosales.
Paul Zuniga, legal advisor to the Board of the CNE, defended the actions of the institution. He alleged that the Attorney General’s Office had already endorsed the donation, so it is “protected by law” to not have an audit. (Awesome, so the Costa Rica law protects them from finding out where the money actually went!)
The deputy of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), Luis Fishman, said that “the CNE wants to wash their hands” and said that such entity is responsible for following up on how resources are used when there is a declaration of emergency .
Manrique Oviedo, Citizen Action Party deputy, said the CNE can not dodge the admitting the control of these resources and must be held responsible.
Alicia Fournier, the National Liberation Party, said the hearing made it “all very clear.”