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Tbilisi spent as “other expenses”2011-11-18 10:28
Among Africa's most odious regimes it is possible to find an analog to the structure of state governance Mikheil Saakashvili has set up in Georgia over the years of his presidency.
Impudent lies and unpunished crimes are main characteristics of the authorities in Sakartvelo. After a corrupt budget draft for the next year was presented in Tbilisi's city parliament, only Tina Hidasheli from the Republican Party was brave enough to call things by their real names demanding that the document be reworked. Yet, she was immediately silenced by Tamaz Shoshiashvili, a deputy from the dominant party.
Parameters of the 2012 city budget draft in Tbilisi are really shocking. Over half of the expenditure, set at the level of GEL 648 mln is not explained referring to the article "other expenses". Right at the draft stage, the document has 50% of uncontrollable costs. It's pure thievery, using a simple word.
Such legislative innovations are a wonderful explanation why Saakashvili's rhetoric refers to unrealistic data on a low level of corruption in the country. Without beating about the bush, politicians simply put this component inside laws at the very beginning. Everyone is content, there is no actus reus, and nobody is to blame. The fact that the country's population is getting still poorer concerns the president's camarilla the least.
Yet, when Tbilisi sakrebulo received a 2012 city budget draft containing 53% of all expenditure or GEL 330 mln as "other expenses", Tina Hidasheli, a city parliament deputy from the Republican Party, could not stay quiet.
"The draft contains unexplained expenditure. It is very hard to control "other expenses" when it is not specified where this money will go to. This budget should have a program. Yet only a few pages of it are clear, the rest being "fairytales", - the representative of the Republican Party said highlighting a corrupt nature of the document. - We call on the mayoral office to revoke the draft and come up with a more adequate variant that would not cause doubts that the budget will be used to bribe voters in the run-up to elections".