Alejandro Gil Case is described as “treason” by the Comptroller of Cuba

Alejandro Gil Case is described as “treason” by the Comptroller of Cuba

HAVANA, May 20  The Comptroller General of Cuba, Gladys Bejerano, offered recent statements about the case of former Vice Prime Minister and former Minister of Economy Alejandro Gil, calling it a “betrayal.”After the announcement more than two months ago of Gil’s dismissal, this would be the first time a senior Cuban leader speaks about this event, one of the largest defenestrations in recent times on the island.

During an interview with the Spanish agency EFE, Bejerano stated that “it hurts and it hurts a lot because one thinks as a colleague that a person who has been at that level, who has been handling the situations, the sacrifices that have had to be made… That does not have a corresponding attitude, one feels it as a betrayal, as something that is not right, and that is how we all feel it. But there is morality and there is courage to face it.”

On February 2, Alejandro Gil was dismissed as Minister of Economy without offering public explanations. Then, on March 7, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced that the decision was made because of his “serious errors,” among which “corruption,” “simulation,” and “insensitivity” were mentioned without much detail.

In this sense, The Comptroller added that “every time there has been an event, it has been made public” and stated that “sooner rather than later and to the extent of being objective” all the information will be provided.

He also insisted that the Cuban government does not tolerate corruption “neither because of the amount nor because it is from below or above” and clarified that the investigation into Gil did not start from the Comptroller General’s Office.

Gladys Bejerano has been at the head of the Comptroller’s Office for 15 years. She now recognizes that the current situation in Cuba has caused an increase in corruption because “there is a greater need” and scarcity “of everything”, although this is not a justification.

According to what she told EFE, 76% of the illegalities detected occur “at the grassroots level” and she reaffirmed that “people do not fall into corruption by parachute. It is a process: corruption is decomposition. It is a process of loss of values, of self-esteem, of self-respect.”

Regarding the control systems in the country, she recognized that 23% have deficiencies, mainly due to lack of technical or human capabilities, since only 60% of the positions in the Comptroller General’s Office are filled.

The Comptroller also referred to the GAESA business conglomerate of the Armed Forces, which she said is not under her supervision and has “superior discipline and organization.”

Finally, Bejerano sent a message about corruption, in which she assured that “we are not going to admit to either the state or the private sector that they commit these types of crimes and that they offend and mistreat the people. That cannot be allowed: it is not what we want, it is not the model.”