File image of the vice president of Peru, Dina Boluarte. EFE / Paolo Aguilar
The Comptroller General of the Republic found that Vice President Dina Boluarte failed to record in her affidavit of interests that she was president of the Board of Directors of the Apurímac Departmental Club. With this, the also head of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion would have violated article 126 of the Constitution.
“Ministers of State cannot exercise any other public function, except the legislative one. They cannot be managers of their own interests or those of third parties, nor carry out a lucrative activity, nor intervene in the direction or management of companies or private associations”, reads the Magna Carta.
The Comptroller’s report indicates that “The supervised (Boluarte) during the period of the exercise of the position of Minister of State in the office of Development and Social Inclusion intervened in the management of the private association Club Departamental Apurímac signing public documents as president of the Board of Directors”.
Source: Comptroller General of the Republic. Source: Comptroller.
The same report indicates that the contracts made by the brother and brother-in-law of the vice president, Nicanor Boluarte Zegarra and Alfredo Pezo Paredes, with the municipality of Pueblo Libre and the Comptroller, respectively, would constitute a potential conflict of interest. Therefore, it is emphasized that both are prevented from contracting with the State.
The Comptroller referred the report to the presidency of the republic, to the presidency of the Council of Ministers, to the Supervision and Contracting Agency with the State (OSCE), to the Integrity Office of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, to the municipality of Pueblo Libre in order to take the corresponding measures in this case involving Dina Boluarte.
The Comptroller’s Office also found conflicts of interest in the hiring of Dina Boluarte’s brother and brother-in-law.
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