José Antonio Mendoza, deputy to the National Assembly for Monagas State, rejected the supervision and price controls implemented by Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
He stated that the implementation of these measures in the midst of the quarantine is “a return to a failed model”, which does not benefit the people.
“With controls and audits, they only generate shortages and lack of supplies that affect the people,” said the secretary general of Primero Justicia in the state.
He made these statements via his Twitter account, where he broadcast images of the proceedings held in Maturín by the entity’s mayor, Wilfredo Ordaz; the head of the Zodi Monagas, Major General Alfredo Parra Yarza; and officials from the National Superintendency for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights.
“As we have said time and again: The problem is not the merchants, the problem is that they have not been able to control an hyperinflationary economy and the parallel (black market) dollar they promised to control,” Mendoza said.
The parliamentarian expressed his solidarity with the private sector, which despite the complex humanitarian emergency, worsened by the Covid-19, continues to bet on the country.
“Today it is doing its best to be able to keep businesses going and generate employment,” he said.
The PJ leader acknowledged that citizens cannot acquire the basic food basket due to the pulverization of the minimum wage, which today stands at less than four dollars.
However, he said that with these controls and audits, people will not onlyhave to face the impossibility of acquiring the food due to lack of money. “It will also face scarcity and lack of supply, which translates into more hunger and need,” he added.
“The only thing they are looking for with this is to lengthen the wrinkle (kick the can down the road), to put their hand to the inventory of products to try to generate a show,” he said.
The legislator insisted that the solution to the country’s critical situation is to install a National Emergency Government, as proposed by interim President Juan Guaidó.
He indicated that this would allow the private sector to have legal guarantees from the Venezuelan legislation, which would allow them to produce and generate employment.
“This will empower Venezuelans with a stable, guaranteed, strong purchasing power to be able to cover their needs and will allow for economic growth over time,” he emphasized.