Lester Toledo, national leader of the Voluntad Popular Party in Exile, met Friday with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. The meeting, held at the office of the international entity in Washington, had as its main topic of debate the cases of corruption that have involved Venezuelan parliamentarians from different factions of the National Assembly.
Both spokespersons highlighted their position of zero tolerance towards corruption crimes.
“We have suggested to the OAS, represented by its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, that the same international sanctions that have so far been exercised against corrupt Chavistas be strongly promoted from this body, so that they are extended to all the deputies guilty of participating in acts of corruption,” Toledo said as he left the meeting.
He said it is necessary to review the performance of the legislative representatives of all parties, including the activists of his own organization, Voluntad Popular.
“I am convinced that there are more of us good people, that the majority of the deputies in the National Assembly that we voted for in 2015 are honest, but we cannot play blind or be condescending to corruption. If it is proven, after investigations, that there are deputies who have received corrupt money, then they should receive the same punishment and sentence as all the ‘Boliburgoise’ and Chavista front men who have been accused of this crime”.
For Toledo, the punishment of corruption cannot be classified by party colors or ideological tendencies.
“With the same force that we have sought international punishment, blocking of accounts, visas and passports, as well as restrictions on entry to countries for all corrupt Chavistas such as Samark López, Alex Saab or Raul Gorrín, among many others, we are asking for support so that these same sanctions are exercised against those who are shown to be linked to money from corruption. We cannot put color in corruption”.
The Zulia deputy, who has been forced into exile due to the fierce persecution that the Maduro regime has brought against him for his accusations of corruption by Chavista leaders, said that it is necessary to rescue the value of coherence in order to regain credibility.
“We cannot be tolerant of corruption, no matter what party it comes from, we have to be coherent, denounce and condemn the corrupt. If we are not, we will all be making a dent in the faith of Venezuelans.”
He pointed out that 2020 will be a crucial year for Venezuela that will demand greater cohesion and strength from the entire opposition and society as a whole.
“Of course it hurts us to see our people marked by corruption, but it is also true that it is necessary to get rid of all the corrupt ones. Even more difficult times are coming, they will continue to test us, but those truly committed to the freedom of our country will always prevail,” Toledo said.