The National Assembly approved an agreement in which “they reject the claims of the usurper regime of Nicolás Maduro to grant gold mines to the adept governors” and the “badly called protectors of the states”, arguing that these resources belong to the Venezuelan people and this action will exacerbate the corruption that has characterized the socialist economic model of the usurper regime, in addition to being unconstitutional act and violates the Mining Law.
The agreement indicates that this decision aims to open a new source of revenue for governors and protectors of the states, it will only continue to harm the national economy and the ecology of the state of Bolívar, Delta Amacuro and Amazonas, because the regime has no limits, control, nor principles of efficiency and transparency.
The approved text considers it a mockery to announce that these revenues from mining will be invested in health, education, transportation and food, after the oil splurge that has nevertheless plunged the country into the worst crisis of its history due to mismanagement of the resources.
The deputies warn the national and foreign companies that aspire to participate in these illegal projects that, at the end of the usurpation, the concessions or contracts granted for development of the mining activity by the regime will not be recognized.
The agreement ends by calling on the Venezuelan people to participate in peaceful street demonstrations with members of the AN to achieve jointly with international pressure a political change in Venezuela.
Kilos of blood in the hands of a starving regime
The debate on this controversial announcement on October 17th was begun by the deputy for the Bolivar state, Richard Yasser, who in the name of his parliamentary fraction strongly rejected “the decision of the usurper to install 24 more mines in Bolivar to extract the gold of Venezuelans”, noting that the most important mining state in Venezuela is being devastated by this activity.
He said that from the Mining Arc more than 2,000 thousand kilos of gold are taken monthly to enrich large mafias which bring death to the people of Guayana. “They are kilos of blood in the hands of the hunger regime”, which have not brought any progress to the people of Guyana, because eradicated diseases returned, in addition to also being subdued by the FARC, the ELN, the unions and the system.
William Dávila, deputy for the state of Mérida, expressed his rejection to the regime’s decision, stating that it seeks to completely destroy the sovereign will of the people, because they have created illegal figures such as the “protectors” in the states where the opposition won the elections, those are the ones who get resources, ignoring the sovereignty of the majority vote against them.
He questioned that now they intended to create a corporation to award the mines. “We will see great corruption because they also do not know about decentralization, since their only weapon is cheap politicking.” He affirmed that only the electoral motivations moved them to take away from the elected governors the competences that correspond solely to them in the economic and social development of the country.
Petty cash for corruption
The deputy Manuel González considered it regrettable that the State intends to deliver the mines to governors, when they do not know about this activity, warning that they will convert it into petty cash, as it happens today with the exploitation of minerals. He rejected that these mining concessions can be delivered, “quietly without going through the AN that must approve these agreements with governors.”
Deyalitza Aray recalled that the Maduro regime manages the interests of the nation as a private shop, forgetting that these mechanisms require planning and control, adhering to the legal schemes that merit an act of such economic importance.
She emphasized that just as they destroyed and ruined PDVSA, they now talk about diversifying the economy with these illegal acts. However, she was categorical to point out when the democratic government arrives, they will investigate to force the return of stolen money to Venezuelans and will not allow another government like this.
For his part, the deputy Bolivar state, José Rafael Hernández, said they can not take away from the AN its attributes as comptroller on how to administer this gold, for which we will be vigilant and “you will be responsible for some governors being imprisoned as thieves”.
Francisco Sucre described Maduro’s intention as a new attempt to assaulting the ruins of the institutional framework in Venezuela, arguing that trying to hand over the gold mines contravenes 8 articles of the constitution and several of the mining law.
He said they seek to move forward with a failed model called 21st Century Socialism, under which the country has lost revenue after the disaster of socialist corruption, 61 billion dollars loss for the sale of oil of which the regions should have received almost 21 billion, “and now they say this unconstitutional measure will help the regions.”
An agreement cannot outlaw an administrative decision
Noting that the AN does not have the power to establish the illegality of an administrative act, such as the granting of mines, Juan Marín deputy of the PSUV for Guárico, ruled that not even being out of contempt the legislative body can establish the illegality of the decision through an agreement, reminding parliamentarians that their function is only to control.
He questioned the opposition, accusing it of seeking to boycott the country’s economic and social reconstruction. “We have constitutional legal bases and economic reasons to develop innovative alternatives different to the oil rent model.”
Finally, the PSUV deputy for Cojedes, Nosliw Rodríguez, replied that the Assembly has denied all emergency decrees, in addition to requesting for blockades and sanctions and when Maduro takes the initiative to move forward, ”such as granting the mines to the states they reject this.”
She pointed out that Maduro seeks additional resources so that they reach governorships and the population directly, as well as having the power to decide who exploits these mines.