The legitimate governor of Zulia, Juan Pablo Guanipa, called to protest in Caracas on October 24th, the date on which the birth of the Zulian hero Rafael Urdaneta is commemorated, against the centralism, corruption and incompetence that has destroyed the electric industry and that hits the western state harder than any.
As a legitimate governor of Zulia, he invited the Zulians who live in the state and also those who live in other states to demonstrate on October 24th in the Venezuelan capital “to protest in favor of Zulia and assume all the responsibility with Zulia and with all Venezuela”. He said that the electricity crisis is marked by the corruption of those who corrupted the exercise of public administration and electric companies.
The proposal was seconded by the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, who after the intervention of Guanipa, took the opportunity to show his solidarity with Zulia and invite all Venezuelans to demonstrate on October 24th. “We all go with Zulia, it is our Venezuelan duty, to express ourselves, to make ourselves felt.”
The need for Zulia to stand up in the face of a situation that he called unsustainable was urgent. “In Zulia there are at least four days of queuing to be able to get gas, why do they hurt deeper this state and not other states? We have serious gas problems but also water problems. In addition, public transport is non-existent, there is no urban trash collection and as if it was not enough in Maracaibo they scraped the streets five months ago and left them scraped off, unpaved”, he explained.
He pointed to the deputies of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela who joined the parliamentary session to feel the “fear of God”, first of all the damage that ensures they have caused by action or omission. “You have no word, you have no honor, you are not ashamed, you have led the country to the worst of situations and you come with your fresh face to talk about the evils that the country has that are responsibility of the usurper of the presidency and yours”.
He recalled that the electrical emergency has generated human losses in addition to economic and material losses. “We talk about victims with first and last name. Of men, women and children who had rights that were confiscated by this dictatorship. It is time for you to leave for hell and for this country to begin its reconstruction”, he said.
In his speech, Guanipa assured that they have discussed with institutions and organizations about solutions for the electrical emergency that the Zulia is going through. “In Zulia it is necessary to invest in three Termozulia (sized power plants), investment that must be done again because the resources were stolen. We have spoken with CAF, with UNDP to evaluate options such as the acquisition of 8 fast-start machines that would be placed 4 in Termozulia and 4 in Ramón Laguna (power plant).”
However, he said that the National Assembly should address how to seek to realize these investments, because he indicated that Corpoelec is not allowed to get involved because “they have shown that they are not only inefficient but corrupt. They are inept, scoundrels, do not have even a hint of honor and dignity. Corruption and inefficiency are the reasons why Venezuela suffers”.