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Inclusion of Artuss Kaimiņš’s question to Saeima agenda delayed by three weeks

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima Zolitude Tragedy Investigation Committee has been delaying the inclusion of questions submitted by Latvian Regional Alliance deputy Artuss Kaimiņš to the Saeima agenda for three weeks, as noted in an open letter addressed to the media and the committee’s Chairman Ringolds Balodis.

«You may call me by many names, but I do not fear to ask direct and simple questions in the Saeima,» – says Kaimiņš, adding that the inclusion of his questions to the Saeima agenda is being intentionally delayed.

According to the formal reason for this, deputies of the committee do not understand his questions.

«I believe people want to hear answers to the questions I have asked. Do the members of the committee really find the mall that difficult?» – asks the deputy. The questions he has asked are as follows: How was the building’s structural integrity and safety monitored, assessed and analysed during construction? Who is responsible for it? Who is responsible for inspection and assessment? How often are these tasks carried out? How are reports regarding the monitoring of buildings’ structural integrity compiled? Which regulations govern the process of monitoring of structural integrity? What measures are taken if problems with structural integrity are uncovered during the construction process? What is the statistics of the use of these punishments in the past five years? What was the situation like before the tragedy and how has it changed after?

«I have asked for information regarding the maintenance of structural safety in specific locations – trade centres, multi-apartment buildings, dams, bridges, sub-stations, schools, private schools, kindergartens, private kindergartens, hospitals, airports, railway stations, theatres and others. The heads of the committee explain the refusal to include my questions on the agenda with lack of understanding of them. I am asked to explain what I mean with structural safety,» – adds the deputy.

«Structurally safe buildings do not collapse. It is sad that the heads of the parliamentary committee do not understand this simple truth,» – said Kaimiņš.

«During meetings, we have talked a lot about matters the committee has no way of proving – the possible corruption of Economy Ministry’s former state secretary Juris Puce; about the possible incompetence of officials of Economy Ministry; about different officials’ motivation to support or refuse the liquidation of the Construction Office in 2009. I feel as though our meetings consist of a competition of legal competence. We are missing the point with all this – it is necessary to change regulations to make sure buildings do not spontaneously collapse and kill people. I only want facts about monitoring of structural safety of different buildings during their use,» – notes Kaimiņš.

«Maybe I’m not right, and some trained lawyer will fight for definitions, the same way the heads of the committee do. But I will not withdraw of explain the questions I have asked. The heads of the committee should read them carefully and just put some effort into understanding them,» – concludes Kaimiņš.


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  1. Kangarooo says:

    Thats not true. He wanted to start new proposal in middle of session. Thats not allowed and he made fuss about it like a child in his video blog.
    He was told to give proposal at start of meeting or send it previously.
    Now when he finally did it and for his proposal he was given floor to talk about his problem, he started with:”So now after 2 weeks i can turn to my table, mr Balodis, yes?” And he didnt continue. “Yes, i started talking about it 2 weeks ago, so now what you want me to explain, i sent all info to your helper.” Then Inguna Sudraba helps this clown Artuss:” Since i really want to help i would give advice- how you ask thats how youll get answer”
    Then Artuss got schooled that all proposal is nonsense and thats why he needs to finalize it or talk and not act like a fool and never to start new topic in middle but have it planned and scheduled with all commision members giving papers at start of session at least and not to disturb other people.

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  2. Ilmars says:

    This entire Zoltitude investigation is starting to look like a whitewash. Everyone involved is ducking for cover.
    We now have the Saeima investigation committee ducking legitimate questions about what happened.
    Talk around Riga has it that the building was built with substandard materials and that the roof collapsed for that reason, and that corrupt kickbacks to politicians were involved, and that eventually there would be a political coverup.
    This investigation committee smells like rotten fish.
    P.S. It is refreshing in Latvian politics to see a new political party (LRA) raising issues that the older parties cant or wont raise.

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  3. GREM says:

    Commission of the Seimas has not established the cause of Zoltitude tragedy and thus commission does not take measures to avoid the recurrence of tragedies such Zoltitude tragedy. The version that the main cause of the collapse – it is a violation of the building codes, does not match the actual data about the collapse. This version allows to consider a perpetrator of the deaths of 54 people as person , which has nothing to the tragedy . Commission of the Seimas in the search for the true cause of Zoltitude collaps has a chance to explore other versions of collapse. The question, what the Commission does on this path and, especially, is she interested in this?

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