The impeachment trial has become in Congress a method used to accuse of constitutional violations and disqualify political opponents from public office.
On February 2, after defending Alliance for Progress (APP) congresswoman Magaly Ruiz for the ‘Mochasueldos’ case, the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations (SAC) chose Fuerza Popular (FP) lawmaker Martha Moyano as a delegate to a constitutional complaint against former minister Mirtha Vásquez.
This is an accusation filed by former parliamentarians César Tuanama and Manuel Merino against Vásquez’s management of the Board of Directors for allegedly trying, irregularly, to increase the salaries of nine workers, make appointments by hand and did not follow the plan against Covid -19.
According to the document, Vásquez wanted to increase the salaries of the advisers without consulting the Board of Directors of the Congress.
And regarding the appointments, the complaint shows that for the appointment of the former head of the Development and Welfare Area, Lucía Ascencio, and the advisor of the Legal and Constitutional Office, José Humberto Saldaña, it was not considered if they complied with the technical profile.
Vásquez responded to La República that the salary increase for which he was accused never happened: “Although it is my power to arrange these promotions, as all presidents do, the union came to meet me and told me there are many more people. because He deserves those promotions and that if he promotes only a few, many people will feel discriminated against; and in fact he was right, so, to avoid problems, I left it without any effect,” he said.
The problem lies in the fact that the speaker in this case is Fujimori Moyano, who has repeatedly shown his rejection of Vásquez. When the former congressman was prime minister in Pedro Castillo’s government, Moyano was against giving him a vote of confidence. And when the ‘Shadow Cabinet’ case came to light, Moyano missed that he was also responsible because he became the head of the PCM.
Subcommittee. It was led by Lady Camones of APP. Photo: scattering
Likewise, the complaint against Vásquez came from a former president who was protected by the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations for the deaths of Inti and Bryan in the protests on June 18, 2022. One of the congressmen who voted in favor of Alejandro Cavero’s report, in Si Avanza País, which frees the Merino, is Moyano.
Vásquez’s future in this impeachment case is in the hands of the Fujimori lawmaker.
But they are not the only cases. On February 15, the Permanent Commission will vote on the final report of the constitutional complaint against former president Martín Vizcarra for hiring Richard Swing. They accused him of favoring Swing with contracts with the Ministry of Culture.
This is an accusation made in May 2021 by the then National Prosecutor, Zoraida Ávalos. In Congress, Fujimorism and its allies assured that Ávalos played against Vizcarra. However, they are close to discussing the complaint he filed against the former president.
Vizcarra was disqualified from public service in 2021 due to the ‘Vacunagate’ case. That is why he did not become a congressman when he won his seat in Somos Perú.
But that did not stop the groups dominating the Parliament. In May last year, Patricia Chirinos, from Avanza País, filed a constitutional complaint against Vizcarra and his former premier Salvador Del Solar for the dissolution of Congress in 2019. A month later, his partner in Renovación Popular Alejandro Muñante filed an accusation for the same.
Another case advanced is the constitutional complaint of Popular Renewal congressman José Cueto against former president Francisco Sagasti and former ministers Rubén Vargas and José Élice for the retirement of three lieutenant generals and 16 police generals. The SAC decided that the delegate for this accusation was Alliance for Progress (APP) parliamentarian Edith Julón.
The maximum penalty in a political trial is disqualification from public office. If this is accomplished, none of these former senior officials can apply for any position.
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The congressman from Avanza País and third vice president of the Board of Directors, Rosselli Amuruz, has withdrawn the constitutional complaint he filed against his partner in Podemos Peru, Digna Calle, due to the absence of Congress in the middle of year, due to travel in the United States. As it is known, now the partner of Amuruz, former congressman Paul García, joined the ranks of Podemos Peru.
On the 15th of this month, the Permanent Commission will also discuss the case of Congresswoman María Cordero Jon Tay due to the complaint of salary cut. However, congressional sources reported that the lawmaker will request rescheduling because his lawyer is traveling.