Refuse sector in disarray
PANAMA. The mayor of Panama, Bosco Ricardo Vallarino, said that he has found a lot of corruption within the city’s Rubbish Collection D...
PANAMA. The mayor of Panama, Bosco Ricardo Vallarino, said that he has found a lot of corruption within the city’s Rubbish Collection Department (DIMAUD).
“We discovered that the municipality owes the suppliers $11 million and the new refuse vehicles that were bought in 2008 are practically destroyed,” said Vallarino in the television program “Open Debate”.
Vallarino said that somebody from the former administration bought $250,000 in parts for the refuse trucks but unfortunately there were the wrong ones and, to top it all, the one piece of machinery that works and makes parts dates back to 1938.
“The equipment to change tires does not have the safety mechanisms and two people have been injured by them,” said Vallarino.
The mayor said that he has received reports from employees about how certain companies were inflating the prices of the parts to get more money from the municipal government.
Vallarino said that although the collection refuse tax generates $38 million a year the money has not been used wisely.
The mayor said that many of the refuse trucks have been stripped apart and the parts sold by dishonest individuals to the public transport sector.
Vallarino said that Antonio Montaner, director of DIMAUD, is making all possible investigations to bring the guilty parties to be prosecuted as soon as possible.