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For Lembergs or Ventspils residents? For Lembergs.

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The For Latvia and Ventspils lulling party at Ventspils City Council follows the interests of Aivars Lembergs, not the interests of the residents of Ventspils. The expected increase of the heating tariff is evidence enough, Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis says.

Aivars Lembergs

He notes as a deputy of the opposition working at Ventspils City Council and following the municipal events, that at times when deputies of the For Latvia and Ventspils party need to decide whether defend the interests of Ventspils residents or that of Aivars Lembergs, the choice is obvious.

“Lembergs’ interests will be defended, not the interests of Ventspils residents. Another proof of the fact Lembergs does not care about the interests of Ventspils residents is a significant “achievement” of the manager of Ventspils and his party’s servants. I.e., the Venstpisl Siltums recently announced a 16.7% increase of heating tariffs starting from December 1, 2012. This is a lot. Can the residents of Ventspils manage without this painful increase? I think so,” – Landmanis says.

The reason for the increase is the unsuccessful Ventspils TEP, for which deputies of the local government are to blame – for the failure to prevent the misappropriation of nearly 400 000 LVL of Ventspils Siltums.

“This is why I believe Lembergs’ led For Latvia and Ventspils deputies are responsible for Ventspils having one of the most expensive heating tariffs in the country, that residents of the previously Lembergs’ led city are forced to overpay for heating services,” – Landmanis continues.

He notes that the case of the missing money still has a lot of questions.

“I will only ask the most important questions; ones the opposition of Ventspils City Councils has yet to receive answers. What was the management of Ventspils Siltums doing over the years when it allowed the illegal misappropriation of its funds? Why was the manager of the company its former financial director responsible for the control of the company’s money flow? Why was the money taken from the clients without using a cash register? How responsibly does the company’s supervision officials performed and perform their duties?”

He notes that the result of irresponsible activity has been reflected in the company’s indexes (Ventspils Siltums losses: 2010 – 205 000 LVL; 2011 – 854 000 LVL; 2012 projection – approximately 2-3 times larger losses than those of 2011) for which Ventspils residents are to pay.

“Lembergs’ loyal ruling Ventspils City Council deputies are doing their best to silence their passiveness, by not supporting proposals of the opposition to discuss the unsuccessful realization of Ventspils TEP, and the illegal misappropriation of funds at Ventspils Siltums. The ruling officials do not believe it to be necessary to determine and inform society as to why Ventspils TEP project was not realized appropriately, how much of tax-payers’ money was misappropriated, and how the failure of the project will affect the heating tariffs. It is also necessary to answer who and why is responsible for the misappropriation of funds from Ventspils Siltums.”

Lanmanis notes that recent events also prove loyalty to Lembergs – after Lembergs’ removal, his loyal deputies were prepared to organize an emergency meeting to defend their leader and, in spite of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprudzs’ order, acknowledge Lembers as the still ruling Mayor of Ventspils, provide him with his thousand LVL paid posts (ones he is not allowed to take) and benefits of those posts (Audi A8; offices; secretaries). Another proving fact is that Lembergs’ servants – Ventspils City Council deputies – municipal institutions and capital associations and specific paid media all announce in one voice – Lembergs is the best, he is supported by 94% of Ventspils residents, Landmanis concludes.


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