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May 13, 1999

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RELIEVE SOME FUNCTIONARIES OF THEIR DUTIES By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - While the ordinary people on the island began saving "at the point of a gun" at the end of 1990 with the introduction of the "special period" (of austerity), government administrators apparently did not practice saving with equal fervor.

At least this is what may be understood from information that appeared in the May 11 newspaper called "Habanero." The government paper mentioned that financial "violations" were discussed at hearings held in San José de las Lajas, Guanajay, Bauta, Mariel and Quivicán, all municipalities in Havana province.

Data missing, accounts that don't balance, parts of the state budget not accounted for and lack of controls in the offices that are in charge of collecting funds: These were some of the financial shortcomings that came to light. The government hearing officers were obliged to relieve eight functionaries of their duties, while 18 others were reprimanded and four administrative officials were fined.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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