President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) denied the report on the Aristegui Noticias site, by journalist Carmen Aristegui, who accuses her older children of benefiting from the social program of reforestation Sembrando Vida of her administration and he assured that this is only an attempt to “stain his government”.
“They made a false investigation, without foundation”
AMLO maintained, during his conference “morning” from Oaxaca: “As soon as we clarify that what they are proposing in their report is not true (…) They made a lying investigation, without grounds to seek to stain us with the maxim of journalism slander of ‘what does not stain, soot'”.
President López Obrador thus responded to an investigation published, among other means, by the Aristegui Noticias site, which revealed that businessman Hugo Chávez Ayala, close to López Obrador’s family, advised the Sembrando Vida en Tabasco program.
The publication assures that The businessman seeks to benefit from the export of cocoa that is sown in the state by the program.
And he revealed that Chávez Ayala also collaborates with Finca El Rocío, which is owned by the sons of President López Obrador, dedicated to the planting of Creole cocoa for the production of gourmet products for his company Rocío Chocolate.
“The land that my children have is 52 hectares, with about 16 hectares each,” he said, and assured that it was an inheritance.
“Since then they planted timber trees, then cocoa, in the last six years they were offered credits, it has nothing to do with the Sembrando Vida program,” he clarified.
In addition, he recalled that the program was conceived and created by himself and that its objective is reforestation, so he does not intend to supply raw materials to his children’s company.
“No, that program came from here, from this head, it is not copied from anywhere in the world”he insisted.
The government program Sembrando Vida, one of the flagship projects of López Obrador’s six-year term, proposes the reforestation of one million hectares and financial support for participating peasants.
However, it has been criticized by environmental organizations who have warned that it lacks ecological criteria and could cause adverse effects on forests and jungles.
However, the Mexican president has defended the project and assured that it is “the most important reforestation program in the world”, which invests 1.3 billion dollars for farmers to plant trees.