The mayor of Cali, Jorge Iván Ospina, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon the resignation of Juan Diego Flórez as manager of the Municipal Companies of Cali, Emcali, after a scandal was uncovered due to alleged and millionaire irregularities in a contract.
“Respected Mr. Mayor, I hereby allow myself to submit my resignation from the position of General Manager of Emcali EICE ESP that I have been holding since June 19, 2020,” reads the resignation letter signed by Flórez.
Ospina, who accepted the resignation, highlighted Flórez’s work and the many “successes” he had when he was in office. “Thank you. You know very well that I know more about his successes than setbacks,” Ospina said on his Twitter account.
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“Engineer Juan Diego Flórez bravely fought in very difficult environments of pandemic and social unrest at the head of Emcali, his many and memorable successes and today with dignity and in the face of processes to clarify in personnel under his command, he decides to present resignation that I have accepted,” he said. Ospina.
However, he stated that the next step should be the resolution of the complaints about the irregularities in the Emcali contract signed with the Temporary Union AMI, where cost overruns are evident in several items.
“Now we must review everything reported in relation to acquisitions, which means a total reengineering of the personnel in charge
Juan Diego,” he added.
An example of these cost overruns is in a 55” Smart LED television, which was charged for $42,897,987 million pesos, while on the market it is at least $6 million pesos.
Other items that present cost overruns are: an ergonomic chair for intensive use 24/7 is in the contract at $17,968,474 million pesos, an administrator-type workstation at $49,327,594 million, an IP telephone for workstations at $1,368,519 million pesos.
Finally, Ospina announced that engineer Humberto Serna will now be in charge of Emcali’s management.
Engineer Juan Diego Flores bravely battled in very difficult environments of pandemic and social unrest at the head of Emcali, his many and memorable successes and today with dignity and before processes to be clarified in personnel under his command he decides to present resignation that I have accepted
– Jorge Ivan Ospina (@JorgeIvanOspina) September 21, 2022