Tempo Semanal is pleased to provide to readers an unofficial translation from Portuguese into English of the contents of the resignation letter of former Vice Prime Minister (VPM) Carrascalão leaked to this newspaper early today.
In the letter VPM Carrascalão responds to many of the allegations made against him by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers. He also outlines the full range of problems facing the country and in some parts blames the governing coalition and the Prime Minister himself for many of them.
Readers may make up their own minds.
His Excellency Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão
Prime Minister of the Government of the RDTL
In a letter dated 24 April 2009, or about a little more than one month after having been sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister Coordinator for State Administration Matters, on one of the few occasions I had to this date of being received by your Excellency, I handed you a memorandum, where I stated that I had identified until that date 29 matters, to which I called your attention. They were as follows:
hombre, the train will arrive when it arrives.
In a report publicly presented to the government in September 2009, in the presence of diplomatic representatives of friendly nations accredited in Timor-Leste, UNMIT, Timorese and foreign Non Government Organizations and other individuals, in a seminar held at the Ministry of Foreign affairs meeting hall, in which your Excellency was also present, I presented the difficulties I had faced with space and shortage of staff in the 5 months in which I had been in the post in carrying out my mission as set out in Decree Law No. 14 of $ March 2009 and other duties attributed either by the Council of Ministers through decree laws or resolutions or even by mere dispatch of the Prime Minister, as well as the results achieved, challenges and other objectives to be reached.
Regarding the results achieved I informed the following:
Regarding the challenges and obstacles, I told of conscious the difficulties I was going to encounter in accepting the position of deputy PM Coordinator for State Administration Matters but I accepted because I wanted to contribute to the administrative reforms on course. Overall, I verified in during five months that the majority of measures taken to that date were met with silence, disinterest and passivity of many. The majority of the 60 memorandums addressed to the ministers and secretaries of state went unanswered. One of the great challenges which I encountered was that some sought protection offered by hierarchy for their own personal interests.
As far as the objectives to be achieved in the area of implementing my duties I reported the following:
In order to implement the objectives set out, the office of the deputy PM – CAGAE began to take on support from foreign and Timorese specialists funded by Australia, the European Union, the USA and the state budget. The office of the deputy PM started to have the conditions to undertake many of its obligations so as not to delude the expectations of the Timorese when your Excellency decided to invite me to join the government. But, the improvement in the sufficiency of material means and human resources of high quality in the office of the deputy PM and the consequent increase in activity, in the efficiency and the productivity of my office was accompanied by increasingly hostile actions on the part of some members of the government, whose positions began to become more vulnerable also making their actions more visible and so susceptible of being called to account for themselves. In the face of such a situation, made worse by the unavailability of the Prime Minister to meet fortnightly with his deputy Prime Ministers. As is stipulated in the Government Structural Law, as well as during his long domestic trips, the silence and or passivity revealed in relation to acts of irresponsibility, the disrespect shown by the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers and his staff, created the substratum for some waited for the day when they could see themselves free of the deputy PM for State Administration Management matters. It was with all this in mind and reluctant of a deterioration of the situation that I decided to write you a letter in the first fortnight of August, handed to you by hand during a meeting granted by you after a gap of months, which letter contained a short summary of what had been occurred and where I requested that you give me an opportunity to meet with you to discuss the best way to move forward together for the rest of the time the AMP has to complete its mandate. The said meeting took place with cordiality and despite it being over an hour in duration I did not hear the smallest of criticism from the Prime Minister regarding my method of work. I do not therefore believe, the state of spirit of the Prime Minister in the way he screamed at me loudly in the Council of Ministers meeting when I signaled for him to hear me because the speech he was making was not corresponding with the truth, was a spontaneous act but an act influenced by information received from those with their own interests, sufficient proof of which exists in the media release in the name of the government which is full of lies authored by the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers.
Everything that happened in the Council of Minister’s meeting, one can say, without margin for error was an internal disagreement within the government and resolvable by the AMP presidential council, in fact because I as a member who is loyal to the principles of the PSD, which states that for the PSD all political problems can and should be resolved through dialog, instead of physical or verbal violence.
The Prime Minister did not state during the meeting or during the council of minister’s meeting when he screamed at me emotionally what he came to do during a public meeting with the Dili sub district population. He did so as a personal attack so as to damage my personal dignity. Had he done so deliberately with some truth for which I am responsible, but no, he ignored the truth, when someone asked him over the alleged loss of US$3 million in the Ministry of Finance, he did not try to find out the truth, and pulverized the masses with untruths people told him about me. If the Prime Minister or his collaborators had red the newspapers, they would certainly discover what I did was to order that an investigation be undertaken regarding the veracity of a statement made in the National Parliament by the illustrious deputy (member of parliament) Antonio (in fact Inacio) Moreira from the FRETILIN party and then published on the front page of newspapers in the capital. TVTL covered the insults and slander spoken by the PM that the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers expected.
At the age of 73 this is the first time anyone has ever called me
beikteen (tetum: stupid) or
bosokteen (tetum: liar). As a normal
citizen, he who did so has the freedom to repeat it as many times as
he wants, because he will have a response of the same caliber. But
the PM of an AMP government supported by PSD, will not have the
opportunity of repeat these insults or slander as he did. I WILL NOT
RESPOND IN WORDS, TO PERSONAL ATTACKS, BECAUSE MY MANNERS DO NOT
PERMIT ME TO DO THIS. MY RESPONSE IS TO RESIGN FROM MY POSITION OF
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER FOR COORDINATION OF STATE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGEMENT MATTERS AND LOOK TO SERVE MY COUNTRY WHERE I CAN BE USEFUL
AND BE RESPECTED BY WHOMEVER WILL BE MY SUPERIOR IN HIERARCHICAL
As a final note and for all to secure the interests of the state, I request your Excellency that in as short a time as possible, you order an inspection/audit of my office covering all areas of interest to the state so that the handover of my portfolio is done in a responsible way and that there will be no inventions after my exit so as to denigrate my dignity.
I am Your Excellency, Respectfully yours,
Dili, 6 September 2010
Engineer Mario Viejas Caracalla
Cc: His Excellency the President of the RDTL