Sunday President Gustavo Petro announced that biotechnology biologist Arturo Luis Luna Tapia from the University of Sucre will become the new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. thus completing his office.
Despite the approval of some scientists, a fact has also come to light around the appointment that, although it does not directly affect Luna’s tenure as minister, causes ethical discomfort to some.
Currently There is a lawsuit filed by the same Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation against Decree 0089 of 2020, according to which Dr. Luna Tapia previously held the position of Science and Technology Manager at the same institution.
According to ministry documents, in a March 2021 memorandum from the Minciencias Human Resources department addressed to then-minister Mabel Torres and head of legal advisory department Gabriel Cancino, the review found that Luna “failed to comply with the legal requirements to verify certificates issued abroad” for which the appointment should was to be cancelled.
The process escalated into a lawsuit to invalidate Ordinance 0089 of 2020 to the State Council, filed by the Ministry of Science by both the plaintiff and the defendant., since this is a resolution issued by the same organization, and the current Minister Luna is acting as an interested third party. However, judging by the entry on the website of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, the process does not seem to have developed.
The lawsuit states that the requirements set out in the regulations were not met.
performed by Luna Tapia regarding the certification of the University of Tennessee Science Center “because there is neither an official translation, nor the signature of a government official of the country in which it was issued, nor the signature of the consul of Colombia, nor the signature of a friendly country, and a clear description of the functions performed, allowing to verify compliance with the experience requirements, which allows us to assert that either the 36-month experience requirement is not accredited (the first finding is stated in the memorandum of the director of the department of human talents of the ministry) or it has not been met (the second conclusion)”.
Minciencias reported that Luna was never made aware of any lawsuit against him and that “he always provided documents proving his academic career and experience.”
While this fact does not represent a legal restriction on its possession, which is expected to happen tomorrow, for some sectors the fact that it has not been allowed after so many years could set a bad precedent for the man who takes over the reins of Minciencias and you will have to observe the same processes in your subordinates.