Former Santa Cruz para Todos councilor Leonardo Roca confirmed that Percy Fernández had an “alliance” with the Movement for Socialism (MAS) that was set up to keep some complaints from getting in and the former mayor will not suspended from office, though had formal charges against him.
Roca was part of a group of councilors who accompanied Percy in the 2010 elections but later disagreed with the then mayor and was suspended due to legal proceedings.
He said that Fernández was a very representative person in Santa Cruz, he began to change the face of Santa Cruz and formed a united front with Rubén Costas. However, that changed when he was judicially compromised.
“After a long time, we learned that (Fernández) was legally committed in 2009 because he was formally charged with public corruption, which was the main basis for him to form an alliance with the Movement for Socialism and forge a long alliance and long romance, “he said in an interview with Erbol.
He stated that Percy’s charges concern the Servi Clean case, a company that provides cleaning services to the community.
He recalled that under the rules in force at the time, a formal indictment would suspend the mayor, but referred in this case to the prosecutor, who had “hidden” the allegation against Fernández.
He confirmed that this process worked with Percy Fernández. “Having Santa Cruz as an oppositional bastion, already co-opting the city, or having the main authority of the city of Santa Cruz was pretty important,” Roca mused.
He claimed that he was the first to publicly denounce Percy’s agreement with the MAS since 2011.
The former city council claimed that a significant number of corruption complaints had been filed, but the alliance Percy Fernández had with the MAS and Evo Morales did not allow them to materialize.
He pointed out that the MAS “alliance” served as a “bypass” with Santa Cruz where Morales and his ministers could formally operate.
He attributed this “alliance” to Percy’s “extremely pragmatic” one, so much so that Fernández “jumped off the boat” at the dawn of Evo’s government.
He believed that what recently happened to Angélica Sosa, who was being investigated in the Ghost Items case, was the “bill” against a “former partner” who betrayed the MAS.
He recalled that under the rules in force at the time, a formal allegation would result in the mayor being suspended for the Servi Clean case, but referred to the prosecution in this case for “hiding” the allegation against Fernández. He believed that what recently happened to Angélica Sosa, who was being investigated in the Ghost Items case, was the “bill” against a “former partner” who betrayed the MAS.