Díaz-Canel after corruption scandal: There will be no tolerance for lack of ethics

Díaz-Canel after corruption scandal: There will be no tolerance for lack of ethics

HAVANA, March 9th.  Miguel Díaz-Canel, took advantage of the closing of the Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) to make it clear that under his mandate there would be no tolerance for “lack of ethics.”Without referring to the recent news of the investigation opened for “serious errors” against the former vice prime minister and minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil Fernández, the also secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) assured that his government acts “on behalf of the people and for the unity of our country.”

“The greatest historical leaders, Fidel and Raúl, and the leadership of the Party have shown and will continue to show signs of a frontal, transparent, and no-tolerance combat against the manifestations of lack of ethics and exemplarity of the cadres,” said Díaz-Canel in his speech.

Recalling once again the words of General Raúl Castro at the event held in January in Santiago de Cuba, the ruler called on the “cadres” of the so-called revolution “to meditate every day on what more can be done to justify the trust and exemplary support of our compatriots even amid so many needs.”

“I call on all our cadres not to be naive or triumphalist, to avoid bureaucratic responses and any manifestation of routine and insensitivity; to find realistic solutions with what we have, without dreaming that something is going to fall from the sky,” guided the first secretary of the PCC.

The entire senior staff of the Cuban regime was present at the event, from former ruler Raúl Castro, who, according to the regime’s propaganda, remains “with one foot in the stirrup,” to Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, to José Ramón Machado Ventura, Esteban Lazo Hernández or the former spy Gerardo Hernández Nordelo.

Before them, the delegates and all the Cubans who saw the closing of the political event of the regime’s mass organization, Díaz-Canel was firm in his message of zero tolerance for the “lack of ethics”, as if the rejection of behavior dishonest behavior of its leaders was not part of what was expected from any government.

“To guarantee the measures of greatest social justice possible in the current complex economic environment, to correct the distortions in the implementation of economic measures and to cleanly and decisively confront the negative trends and the growing phenomena of corruption and illegality that the historical enemy of the revolution fuels with the hope that a social outbreak will be unleashed, we count on the will, dignity and courage of Cuban women to continue saving the Homeland, the Revolution and Socialism with the invincible force of the love of the Cuban woman,”

Díaz-Canel harangued in a speech read for almost half an hour.

Barely a month after the dismissal of Gil Fernández, peppered with affectionate messages on social networks between the defenestrated man and Díaz-Canel, the Cuban regime reported the opening of an investigative file against the former minister for “serious errors.”

Through a statement signed by Díaz-Canel, responsible “on watch” for the cleanliness and honesty of his cabinet, and, to make matters worse, tutor of Gil Fernández’s doctoral thesis, the Cuban regime approved that the Ministry of the Interior begin “the corresponding actions for the complete clarification of the “allegedly corrupt” conduct of the former minister.

According to sources close to Gil Fernández’s family, he could be in police custody, detained while waiting for the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate his case.

Treated by propaganda as an isolated case of corruption, with which there will be a heavy hand, Cuban civil society is suspicious of official information and considers that the defenestration is part of a “damage control” maneuver of a regime that is reeling from much that seeks to prop up terror among its “cadres” by making them sign threatening “codes of ethics.”