Charges are charged against former officials of the Petro mayor’s office for irregularities in the cleaning service contract

The control body charged five former officials of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, who between 2012 and 2014, were behind the change of the cleaning scheme, which left half of the garbage collection in the city in the hands of the public company Aguas de Bogotá. city.

Due to the contracting processes, which took place between 2012 and 2014 and which served to structure a new cleaning scheme in the city (in which 52% of the garbage collection was in the hands of the district company Aguas de Bogotá) , the Prosecutor’s Office charged five former officials of the administration of the then mayor Gustavo Petro, for the alleged irregularities behind this process.

They are Diego Fernando Bravo Borda, José William Garzón Solís, Jaime Humberto Mesa Buitrago, Mario Álvarez Ulloa and Ricardo Agudelo Sedano, who were senior managers of the Bogotá Aqueduct and the Aguas de Bogotá company and who are investigating for embezzlement due to appropriation in favor of third parties and the conclusion of contracts without compliance with legal requirements, given the alleged irregularities in the way in which Aguas de Bogotá was assigned the cleaning operation.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the Aqueduct Company signed two contracts with its subsidiary Aguas de Bogotá, which did not have the experience or the technical capacity to carry out the collection, sweeping, cleaning of roads and public areas. “There is evidence that the purpose of the contract was modified to fit the scope of Álvarez Ulloa’s company.”

Likewise, a possible patrimonial detriment of $ 56,763 million is questioned, in the process of purchasing 278 vehicles and equipment to collect garbage, as the control body indicates that there were inconsistencies in the previous studies, inadequacies in the related specifications. With the technical specifications, there was no supervision and financial forecasting nor was the maintenance of the vehicles considered.

The way in which the garbage crisis that occurred in Bogotá between December 18 and 20, 2012, and from which Petro started the restructuring of the sanitation scheme, which left the collection of waste, is also questioned. garbage in the hands of the public company Aguas de Bogotá.

For this work, dump trucks were initially used, a fact that the Prosecutor’s Office does not know “the regulations for the provision of the service. This situation generated negative economic effects and impacts for the company (Aguas de Bogotá) ”. Given this, days later, the mayor had to sign contracts with the private companies Aseo Capital, Lime, Ciudad Limpia and Atesa to take charge of garbage collection in 48% of the city and in this way overcome the crisis.

With the change of administration, Enrique Peñalosa modified the scheme and opened a new tender of which Aguas de Bogotá was left out, due to the lack of policies, which the tender process demanded to have. Now the collection is in the hands of five private operators, while the public company is in charge of the PTAR Salitre and the cleaning of canals.

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