May 18, 2013
Milagro Sala defends her housing programme
While the probe on Sergio Schoklender's alleged money laundering and emblezzlement of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Foundation funds moves forward, social leader Milagros Sala defended her own social movement, Tupac Amaru, which also receives State funds to build homes, and said she has “nothing to hide” in a radio interview.
“We have nothing to hide, and we are available for any investigation,” Sala said. “We have to be sincere and show our true colours. How is it possible that we will be investigated while while there was corruption among companies here? I am dark skinned, and a Coya, but I´m not stupid. Why aren’t other social groups such as CCC picket group or former presidents Carlos Menem and Eduardo Duhalde under investigation?”
Sala assured that the controls over the housing construction are done by the local Jujuy province government and by the National Government as well, although Public Works Secretary Abel Fatala denied that fact last week.
“We are controlled by the Mayor’s office, which in this case belong to the Radical Party. The Jujuy Governor also controls us and so does the National Government, who constantly verifies if we build the houses, finish them and hand them over. They come over and check that the constructions’ advance, otherwise they do not give us the funds,” Sala said.
The Tupac Amarú leader also clarified that the housing works her movement builds are different from those built through the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo foundation. She said that the houses built by the human rights group programme are “much more expensive” due to the materials used.
“I don’t manage money. There are 150 cooperatives which manage the funds. I deal with the social and political aspects of Tupac Amaru,” she added."We have six months to build the homes, and if we don't meet the deadlines, we don't receive any funds," she added.
Sala refused to talk about Mothers of Plaza de Mayo leader Hebe de Bonafini.