Bogota Mayor Faces Corruption Allegations

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 22 October 2010

Samuel Moreno, mayor of Bogota

Samuel Moreno, mayor of Bogota

The mayor of Colombia’s capital, Samuel Moreno, has denied allegations that he received payments from a construction company awarded major contracts by his administration and claims that he is “tired of the gossip, tired of the lies, tired of the insults” much of which, he says, have been invented by political opponents.

The controversial mayor is becoming increasingly isolated after the owner of the Nule Group construction company publicly stated that he had paid Mr Moreno 6% commission on each contract awarded to his business by the Bogota city government. Miguel Nule also claims that similar commissions were paid to the transport minister in the previous administration of former president Alvaro Uribe.

In reaction Mr Moreno has called for a full investigation to be carried out though even members of his own party, the opposition Democratic Pole, are now distancing themselves from the mayor.

Earlier this week Colombia was ranked as one of the most corrupt nations in the world in an international survey on fraud conducted by the risk consulting company Kroll. According to the company 94% of Colombian businesses suffered some fraud in the last year

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