The water supplier Apă-Canal Chişinău has allegedly bought furniture and electric appliances of millions of lei for offices. It has also bought a car of half a million lei.
The information has been spread by the Energy Regulator (ANRE), which has also discovered that three companies, managed by Apa-Canal CEO’s daughter, had delivered pipes and equipment to the municipal enterprise.
Chisinau mayor Dorin Chirtoaca has ordered an inner investigation, but the idea is also alluring for the anti-corruption prosecutors, who’ll criminally investigate whether the law has been broken.
Some information from the ANRE’s report has been read out by the City Hall’s Finances chief Veronica Herta: “Study oval table - 140,700 lei, office table - 59,170 lei. TV set - 49,490 lei, TV set roll-box - 30,900 lei.”
The mayor says the expenditures are unjustified and is indignant at the decision of Apă-Canal’s CEO: “A TV set of 50 thousand lei, is it made of gold? A chair of 15,000! I have changed nothing in my office for 10 years.”
Apă-Canal’s chief Constantin Becciev says the mayor exaggerates: “He’d like us to come to the City Hall dressed rags. But we don’t want to. It’s not violations what I have done at the company. On the contrary: we’re proud we have!”
The report also unveils many conflicts of interests at the enterprise.