Accountability, Jesse Chacón Style

pass-the-buckRemember Jesse Chacón, Venezuela’s Electricity Czar? The guy’s useless at getting power flowing smoothly, of course, but you do have to give him credit for absolutely incredible, titanium-plated cojones.

It was way back in April 2013 that Jesse famously promised to resign in 100 days if electric supply problems were not fixed. The supply problem was, predictably, in no discernible way better after 100 days, or after two years and spare change for that matter.

So naturally somebody’s going to pay for that with his job, right?

Of course.

Not Jesse, though. 

15 thoughts on “Accountability, Jesse Chacón Style

  1. When the accounting is asked, the tsj will claim that “there are no resources nor time to be investigating previous managements on the ministery”

    Sounds familiar? Look for what happened with former health minister, eugenia sader, who stole some billions there and had all her crimes oversaw on the basis that “there were no resources to be wasted on investigating her management”

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    • Ralph, a proposal: could you please add well-sourced information about that case in the Wikipedia article Corrupción en Venezuela? Mind the Wikipedia encyclopaedia style.
      I will be adding more stuff there as well but my dream is to transform that article into the start of a reference for corruption in Venezuela.

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  2. There is no law which makes govt official accountable for failing to do what they promised in a public statement , not jesse , not maduro nor any other public official , if there was and we had a Rule of Law and judiciary that worked , all of them would have been removed from office or even jailed long ago .

    Moreover there is really no mechanism for them to be demoted or fired for flagrantly failing at their job , the only way to get rid of those officials in a working democracy , were the mass of the citizens were capable of competently judging on the performance of government officials would be thru the defeat of their candidates in a free and open election . Of course we know that doenst always work either its too easy to rigg or game the system so that even offficials that deserve demotion or even prosecution merrily scape any sanctions .

    That it the bane of inmature democracies . According to Fukuyama thats the main purpose of democracy , a system whereby the mayority of people get to decide who should rule and who should be barred from occupaying public office given their credentials or performance of govt jobs . Where democracy doenst to the job of ensuring the accountability of public officials its a purely ornamental figurine .

    Part of the problem is that when people are elected to do a job on the basis of the promises they make the promises are so open and vague and impossible to measure on objective grounds that anyone can get away with murder .

    Thats why I believe in colombia , more speficically in bogota mayoral candidates have to post an specific program of what they intend to accomplish during their term in office , so that his performance can be monitored against results on a day to day basis by anyone with access to the web.

    In old spain they had juicios de residencia made to every official at the end of his term , a kind of trial where his succeses and abuses and failures were made public scrutinized and judged ….with consequences.

    The ancient greeks had a system where if an official or a member of the boulema proposed a certain measure that was carried and later turned into a disaster he could later be brought to trial for having proposed that measure, and as result could be fined or exiled or imprisoned . Those folks reallly understood accountability . !! We dont even have the imagination to create a systems that makes public officials really render account of their performnce or abuses during their term . so people like Jesse and others like him dont get off scot free for their misdeeds and false promises.

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  3. Stolen Billions talk, Chacon Walks.

    The infamous Derwick Bolichicos sell bad, Used Pro-Energy power plants as New, as everyone should know by now, at a Gaziolion $$$$ profit, lights go out, Billions. Very simple.

    Has nothing to do with “accountability”, good or bad job. Electricity or no electricity.

    Derwick CapoCabello Derwick Chacon Derwick Ramos Allup Derwick PSUV Derwick MUD,

    “Sencillo, Henry Ramos Allup habla por Derwick. Diosdado Cabello habla por Derwick. Juan Carlos Escotet y Víctor Vargas hablan por Derwick. Rafael Ramírez habla por Derwick. Cómo puede esperarse que ocurra algo, cuando una empresa, y su network de conexiones, tiene tanto a régimen como a oposición bajo control.”

    Now that Chacon and the other Mega-Thieves are multi-billionaires, you just hook up a bunch of new Thieves into the putrid Coroto. Todavia hay mas Guiso Pa Todos !!

    “La Gaceta del 12/08/2015 establece sustitutos y son Igor José Gavidia León y Manuel David Contreras Hernández respectivamente, y en el cargo de viceministro de Finanzas, Inversiones y Alianzas Estratégicas también se nombra a Antonio José Leggio Rojas.”

    Por decreto presidencial, entre las modificaciones se establece que además de las destituciones y nuevos nombramientos, se ratifica en su cargo al viceministro de Desarrollo del Sector y la Industria Eléctrica, Freddy Claret Brito Maestre.


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  4. In organizations such as Chavismo is today, once one gets into the inner circle, they become untouchable. They all have access to all of the dirt on everyone else. If they make a move on anyone in the inner circle, that person will go nuclear and take all the others down with them. At worst, if their performance has become so bad that there is no other choice, they will be moved to a different position where they can do less damage.


    • It’s aleays been that way, unfortunately, in Venezuela. Remember Chavez going to punish the Adeco/Copeyano crooks, Pinerua applauded in restaurants for same, Betancourt’s widow going to spill the beans on CAP,…ad nauseum?–all bought off, all crooks, all with rabos ‘e paja….

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  5. If you can’t keep a promise, don’t make a promise, says the old adage (or does it?). Not only the value of the bolivar (the Venezuelan currency) has greatly declined in this Chavez era. Also the value of the spoken world in Venezuela has gone to hell (el carajo). Sometimes, it is best to remain silent and say no words. Since this character does not abide by this rule or any rule -for that matter- we all have the right to send him to hell. People may be uneducated but they don’t take sh*t.

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    • Holy Sh.t!

      This has been talked about for years but this is the first video I’ve seen of the police actually executing someone.

      There is a large contigent of Venezuelans who agree with this form of dealing with the malandros.
      Here in Margarita 4 died recently under unusual circumstances.
      Some comments suggest they were shot in their beds.
      All 4 had previous convictions.


  6. “It’s always been that way, unfortunately, in Venezuela. Remember Chavez going to punish the Adeco/Copeyano crooks, Pinerua applauded in restaurants for same, Betancourt’s widow going to spill the beans on CAP,…ad nauseum?–all bought off, all crooks, all with rabos ‘e paja….”

    Not really.

    Corruption is everywhere, yes, even in the most developed countries, even in Switzerland as we just saw, even in Norway, even the almost pristine Chile (until now, Michelle/Allendista sucialismo is coming back), even in Denmark or Singapore, not to mention the Putrid Vatican.

    And yes, Venezuela has always been remarkably corrupt, with the oil curse on full throttle for a long time. Same as Mexico or Brasil (Pemex, Petrobras and PDVSA, the today’s 3 filthy stooges). Even Mexico or Brasil have Justice systems, they have Chapos or Odebrechts, but they try to catch them… In Venezuela all Hell has broken lose.

    There are levels of corruption. Transparency Int’l estimates Kleptozuela to be at #16 or 175 countries, but that’s probably wrong, if you include the “Private” sectors, it most be among the top 5 Global Thieves, easily, all things considered.

    And it was not always that bad. Not even during the extremely corrupt Ad/Copey 4 recent decades before the Chavista debacle. These 16 years have been way, way worse. They’ve stolen everything, every single oil barrel that has ney yet been produced, mortgaging the country for decades to come.

    You can’t compare what Perez Jimenez stole, compared to what Adecos/Copeyanos stole, compared to what Chavismo steals: 3 completely different levels of theft.

    MPJ (or Pinochet) stone NOTHING compared to the Adecos/Copyeanos or Chavismo. He built just about everything you see today in Vzla, most of the infrastructure, highways, parks, hospitals, anything you see was probably planned, strated, or built and finished by the Dictator in just 5 years. And with cheap oil, back in the 50’s. They say he stole? Sure! A few millions, bow how could he have built ALL that and stolen much at all??

    So you cannot compare the Massive Mega-Corruption, huge embezzlement everywhere, in all public “institutions”, all Industries, all levels of the government, all private levels, even the average, common campesino o trabajador, most are infected by the corruption virus, leeching and steeling anyway they can, from the “Contratistas” to the “Sindicalistas” from the jefes with government connections to the complicit employees, most of them Corrupt by now. There’s no way to do any business in Kleptozuela today without at least being complicit in one way or another, that’s why most honest entrepreneurs left the country long ago.

    In sum, Corruption is everywhere, but at very different levels. In the worst countries like Nigeria, Haiti or Kleptozuela, it is just out of control, utterly destroying the entire nations.


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