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The scandal with the Qukës-Qafë Plloçë road/ Abuses increased the costs, another 90 million dollars are needed

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The scandal with the Qukës-Qafë Plloçë road/ Abuses increased the costs, another 90 million dollars are needed

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The $ 125 million project for the Qukës – Qafë Plloçë road, 43 km long, financed by the Islamic Development Bank, requires an additional $ 90 million investment to be completed. Road costs have multiplied because the interruption of works has caused great damage, but also because another segment (lot 3) has been left without funding.

The Albanian government has asked additional funds from the Islamic Bank, justifying the cost with changes in the project and unforeseen costs, said an official source for CNA.al. In fact, it was the intervention in the project and the delays that caused these damages, which are estimated at almost 70 per cent of the initial cost of the road.

The investment

Qukës -Qafë Plloçë is an investment started in April 2013, through a loan, but in September of that year with the political rotation everything stopped. The Renaissance government stopped the tender, demanding that this road not be financed, but that the funds be transferred as loans.

The contract with the bank was clear, and the government withdrew from its request. Then tenders were held for 3 lots, but immediately after the start of works began the problems. The road clearly had “enemies”. From deputies of the Korça region, to important ministers, maybe even the Prime Minister Rama himself, who although he inspected it several times, seemed skeptical about the project.

The Rama government, at the time when the Ministry of Infrastructure was headed by Edmond Haxhinasto, although a concrete and funded project, intervened several times, causing delays at great cost. They allegedly consisted of project changes, while works were being carried out.

“Instead of removing the eyebrows, they seem to have raised their eyes”, this popular expression is very convenient for this case. A brutal intervention without thinking, with a project that should have been completed two years ago in 2018, has been left without funding.

A road left unfinished, which today requires almost 90 million dollars, 60 of which in the 3rd lot, and almost 30 million dollars are investment for the second lot, for slips and deviations, due to the abandonment of works. So, the road costs have been increased simply and only by the irresponsibility and abandonment that has been done to the investment by certain segments of the government.

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Interventions and damages

Interventions in the project and everything else, ie interruptions, blockages of funding, slowdown of Works, have started during the time when the Ministry of Infrastructure was headed by Edmond Haxhinasto, and the damage caused to the state budget in this investment look colossal.

There are $ 90 million expected to be provided as additional funding over the initial project. But who pays for these staggering costs?

The road will provide funding, and for at least two years can go to completion. But will anyone ever be held accountable for wrong policies and damages? All are consequences in the state budget and the huge costs, that will be paid from the pockets of taxpayers, as all are loans and interest repaid from the budget.

Edmond Haxhinasto and the former director of roads, probably sleep peacefully in their homes and continue their political activity. But someone must bear legal responsibility for a crime worth tens of millions of dollars at the expense of Albanians.

Needless to say, the facts speak for themselves, the wrong policies of former road director and former minister Edmond Haxhinasto neglected a $ 125 million investment, adding costs to the $ 90 million.

And this is only because they hated that investment, and wanted at all costs project changes, tenders, millions of extra dollars, for their own interests, and not for the successful completion of a project that gives great impetus to the movement towards the south-eastern area in the country. /CNA.al

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Skandali me rrugën Qukës-Qafë Plloçë/ Abuzimet shtuan kostot, duhen edhe 90 milionë dollarë

 

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Arben Kraja “arrested” the dead people/ SPAK is defending corrupt government affairs?

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The institution that claimed to do justice for Albanians, and that would investigate the corruption of these 30 years, seems to have become a “lawyer” of political corruption. It is about the Special Anti-Corruption Structure, SPAK, an institution supported step by step by the American Embassy.

But since its inception and until now, there have been no results expected. The Serious Crimes Prosecution has been more effective than SPAK, extending its investigations to the government. Arben Kraja, who runs this institution has failed. And not because we say this,
but because the results say so.

Before taking office, he talked about the failures of the Prosecution, but at the head of the SPAK, he has maintained the same line of failures. “We have failed to punish high-level corruption or organized crime. The situation is worrying. We are legally protected, we need the correct implementation of the law in practice. The independence of prosecutors will guarantee the success of this institution“- said Kraja in the High Council of the Prosecution, at the time he was running for prosecutor of SPAK.

But what did he do after becoming part of this structure? What corrupt government affair
has it investigated? So far no government official has been investigated. So he and his prosecutors didn’t even do what they once did at the Serious Crimes Prosecution.

From its inception until now, the SPAK is remembered for investigations into persons who had died or for investigations suspected of having political motives, such as the case of Judge Mimoza Margjekaj. Arben Kraja can deny these facts, but the reality is known and seen by every Albanian.

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Almost every day the media report on government corruption, the involvement of senior officials in criminal acts, but the SPAK remain silent. Investigations are carried out by journalists and the media, while SPAK, which is paid with citizens’taxes as much as it doesn’t deserve, is silent.

Silent remain Arben Kraja, who started his work at the head of SPAK, with the investigation of the dead people, thus becoming the object of ridicule throughout the public opinion. We recall that SPAK boasted that it investigated the electoral crimes of 2017, for the famous file “339”.
The subject of investigation were also two deceased commissioners, Kasëm Lala and Besim Bregu. For both of these commissioners, SPAK had issued an arrest warrant, claiming that they allowed other persons to vote on behalf of Albanian emigrants living abroad.

But the two commissioners in question had passed away 2 years ago. Kasëm Lala, SP commissioner and Besim Bregu, PD commissioner served their parties in the 2017 parliamentary elections in Durrës. It would be good for the SPAK to investigate those who are alive, and who have committed criminal offenses that are within their competence.

Or to launch an investigation on government corruption. But it is suspected that Kraja and his subordinates have been put in the service of politics, thus extinguishing any hope for justice, and empowering organized governmental and state crime and attacking the weak, as justice has historically done in Albania./CNA .al

Arben Kraja “prangosi” të vdekurit/ SPAK mbron aferat korruptive qeveritare?

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Basha’s lost causes/ How the leader of the Democratic Party abandoned the Democrats in the middle of the road

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Basha’s lost causes/How the leader of the Democratic Party abandoned the Democrats in the middle of the road

The leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, has abandoned all the causes that have started by him. He has failed to bring them to an end, and now speaks again shamefully of further engagements, instead of resigning as DP leader.

It is not always the fault of those who win, his opponents or rivals in the party, when Basha himself has shown that he has no capacity to send to the end the causes. For this we will not go far back in time. But we will start from February 2019, the time when he handed over the mandates of the deputies.

After this decision, Basha said that the parliament in which they participated before the burning of mandates “came out of the votes of crime and the mafia in the rigged elections of June 25, 2017”. Backed by allies, Basha called for a transitional government, ready to take all necessary steps to guarantee free and fair elections.

The leader of the Democratic Party stated that by burning the mandates he would overthrow the government, but in fact overthrew himself and the opposition. Because the handing over of mandates didn’t help the DP and the opposition to change their approach to their opposition struggle, they even went out of the game as opposition, as a new parliamentary opposition was formed in Parliament.

After handing over the mandates, Lulzim Basha started the protests with the motto “Edi Rama must leave. Enough is enough!”. Basha said at the time, that the opposition would lead a civil, peaceful and democratic battle to restore legitimacy and democracy in Albania.

The protests started in Tirana, and moved to other cities. A total of 12 protests were organized, in each of which Basha went later than the scheduled time, and after thickening his voice and talking about the overthrow of Prime Minister Edi Rama, he closed it by singing the anthem, becoming the object of memes and ridicule on the Internet.

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So even the protests didn’t serve him for anything. Basha abandoned them and the Democrats, to find another excuse for his failure. In these conditions, it was decided to hold local elections on June 30, 2019, while Basha hoped to overthrow the Rama government.

Although the election date was set, the Democratic Party leader said there would be no elections on June 30, as they would be postponed.

But the elections took place, in general they were calm, and Basha went out of the political system even in the local government. Basha again failed to keep his promises. Another cause has already begun, which is expected to have the fate of other causes, as the latter is the most abstract of all, as it speaks of war and battle, while coming from successive losses.

Basha praised the June 25 election process. Then he came out and said that there is evidence of election manipulation. And what he calls evidence, he left in the hands of a master student like Marash Logu, to defend the DP in KAS. This shows that Basha knows that the result doesn’t change anymore, but he is making every effort to justify himself, while the voices demanding his removal are increasing, both inside and outside the DP.

While in the Democratic Party have started resignations, starting from the people closest to him, Basha has started touring in the regions, describing it as a battle. He also tries to manipulate the tour, by organizing meetings with his close supporters with registration, in order to then release to the public only the parts that don’t affect him. So even the cause that he calls war or battle is failed, beyond any action that he does./CNA.al

Kauzat e humbura të Bashës/ Si i la në mes të rrugës demokratët kreu i PD

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Resignations erupt in DP/ Lulzim Basha makes the tour of loss, as a tourist

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The leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, has found several ways to justify the loss and failure in the parliamentary elections on April 25. He first issued a statement to the media praising the election process.

Meanwhile, 2 days later, he started talking about election manipulation through the sale and purchase of votes, saying that “the war has just started”. We heard him declare in the media that he doesn’t accept the result of the elections, while on the other hand he gathered the new parliamentary group, telling them that he knew their mandates.

So, he either accepts or doesn’t recognize the April 25 elections, thus putting the Democrats in chaos, to whom he had promised that he would not leave them in opposition. But in fact he was guaranteed another 4 years of opposition. In these conditions, at the time when he had to give an account and leave the leadership of the Democratic Party, he found an inexperienced lawyer outside the blue headquarters, like Marash Logu, to charge him with some files, where it is alleged that there is evidence of electoral manipulation, sending them to the Appeals and Sanctions Commission.

And he did this knowing very well that whatever is in those files, the result is not reversed and its loss is not justified. After leading his “war” to this point, he has already started a tour of visits to various regions. Meanwhile, in the Democratic Party have started resignations, as previously reported by CNA.al, although some of them are trying to be kept secret.

The Organizational Secretary of the Democratic Party, Sahit Dollapi, submitted his resignation a week ago. Some local DP leaders have also resigned. But they have been asked to stay in office until the denunciations are completed, but also until the re-election of the chairman of the DP.

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But instead of resigning, Basha has chosen to roam from city to city as a tourist, but with over a series of losses on his shoulder. The tour started with Durrës on Monday evening, and today he visits Lezha and so on. So from city to city to justify the loss, rather than doing the analysis of the causes that led to the next loss.

He currently holds out hope in the files of lawyer Logu, but if he loses and after those complaints, what will be the next “war” of Lulzim Basha? He left the Democrats in opposition for another 4 years, taking with the Allies only 59 seats across the country.

And now Basha starts the losing tour through Albania as if nothing had happened, as he shocked everyone when on April 27 he spoke about battles and war, while the results pushed him to lose. He was justified with a fake smile, that allegedly PD had won, as there is an increase compared to 2017, forgetting that he has been in opposition for 8 years, and something will have done.

The loss of the April 25 elections, is the third defeat in a row for the DP. Are these successive losses, which have rushed voices from inside and outside the DP that demand the removal of Basha from the leadership of the party. But it seems that until July, when the elections will be held within the DP, Basha will try to justify the loss, by starting the tour through the regions. /CNA.al

Në PD plasin dorëheqjet/ Basha bën xhiron e humbjes, si turist

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