Councilor Dilemário Alencar (Podemos) denounced the practice of nepotism by the Deputy Secretary for Government and Strategic Affairs of the Municipality of Cuiabá, Ivone de Souza.
Currently, she, who is one of the targets of Operation Capistrum, of the State Public Ministry (MPE), is removed from office by court decision.
According to the councilor, the husband, Ivone’s two daughters and stepdaughter are contracted at the Municipal Health Department and at the Cuiabana Public Health Company, which manages the São Benedito Hospital.
Nonsense! If this complaint is configured, it is a clear demonstration of humiliation with the laws and authorities
“This is open nepotism. This is prohibited by law. Together with Ivone, her relatives may be receiving salaries of R$28,827.38, or more than R$374,000 per year,” said the councilor.
A query made on the Transparency Portal of the Municipality of Cuiabá shows that Ivone’s husband, Reginaldo Almeida de Figueiredo, works as administrator of the Cuiabana Public Health Company, with a salary of R$ 6,500.
The eldest daughter, Morgana de Souza Morais Brito, works as a commercial administrative technician at Empresa Cuiabana de Saúde Pública, with a salary of R$ 5,400.
The youngest daughter, Vitória Eduarda de Souza Oliveira, also works as a commercial administrative technician at Empresa Cuiabana de Saúde Pública, with a salary of R$ 4.4 thousand.
Ivone’s stepdaughter, Milena Elis Figueiredo, works at the Municipal Health Department and works in the special coordination of the administrative assistance network of the Hospital Municipal de Cuiabá (HMC). She earns a salary of R$2.1 thousand and a health award of R$2.5 thousand.
Ivone was removed from office last October 19th. She is accused by the State Public Ministry (MPE) of being one of the “executors” of the criminal organization that accommodated hundreds of nominations from allied politicians in positions in Cuiabá Health – including illegal payments of “health premium” of up to R$ 5, 8 thousand.
It was up to her, according to the MPE, to identify the need for hiring, replacing old servers with people appointed by first lady Márcia Pinheiro – appointed as leader of the criminal organization alongside Mayor Emanuel Pinheiro, who was also removed from office – whose names were appointed by councilors.
“Ivone has been Emanuel Pinheiro’s right-hand man since he was state deputy. An absurdity! If this denunciation is configured, it is a clear demonstration of humiliation with the laws and authorities,” said Dilemário.
“And all of this taking place with the consent of the mayor removed, while there is a lack of basic medicines, such as dipyrone, in the Health Units”, he added.
Dilemário Alencar asked the president of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) for Health, Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Paccola (Citizenship), to summon Ivone de Souza to provide clarification on the fact.
The CPI for Health began its work registered this Tuesday (23) and investigates the existence of a criminal organization in the Capital’s portfolio.
In addition to Ivone, Márcia and Emanuel, the mayor’s chief of staff, Antônio Monreal Neto, and the former coordinator of people management, Ricardo Aparecido Ribeiro, were also targets of the operation.
They were denounced by the MPE for the crimes of criminal organization, liability and obstruction of justice.
The group is accused of creating a “jobs hanger” at the Municipal Health Department to accommodate referrals from allies, obtain, retain or pay for political support.
In total, there were more than 3,500 temporary hires in the secretariat alone, most of them illegal, to meet the commitments of political allies, mainly councilors.
Another accusation that weighs heavily is the illegal payment of the so-called “health premium”, up to R$ 5,800, without any criteria.
Irregular payment of this benefit in an irregular manner caused a breach of R$ 16 million in public coffers.
The press office of the Municipal Health Department and the Cuiabana Public Health Company said it would not comment on the case.