Lula government creates team to comb through Michelle Bolsonaro’s actions – 05/25/2023 – Politics
The government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) created a working group to comb through information from the extinct Pátria Voluntária program, which was led by former First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro.
The creation to raise and provide transparency to information responds to a request by the Federal Court of Auditors, which had already pointed out evidence of irregularities in the program in an audit completed in March.
As revealed to Sheetin 2021, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) diverted the purpose of the company’s money donated specifically for the purchase of rapid Covid tests and passed the resource to the program coordinated by Michelle.
At the time, TCU saw signs of potential damage to the treasury.
The ordinance creating the working group was published this Thursday (25) in the Official Gazette.
The public act is signed by the executive secretary of the Civil House, Miriam Belchior and with the purpose of the group “to identify the information produced in the scope of the Voluntary Homeland Program for availability, in active transparency, by the Civil House”. He must act for a period of 90 days, a period that may be extended only once.
The ordinance also mentions that the request for active transparency in relation to the Volunteer Homeland program complies with a ruling by the Federal Court of Auditors, in March of this year.
The TCU informed that the audit work verified the “absence of objective and isonomic criteria for the selection of social institutions that benefit from private financial resources”. In addition, he pointed out the lack of publication of the results of the evaluations of the social institutions in the registration, accreditation and qualification.
The Volunteer Homeland program was extinguished in January of this year, a few days after Lula took office as President of the Republic.
Since 2019, the action was coordinated by the executive secretary of the National Volunteer Incentive Program, housed in the Civil House. Decree 11,329 of January 1, 2023, which establishes the new structure of the ministry, ended the secretariat and the program.
The government of President Jair Bolsonaro diverted the purpose of R$ 7.5 million donated specifically for the purchase of rapid Covid-19 tests and transferred the amount to the Volunteer Homeland program, led by the first lady, Michelle.
On March 23, 2021, Marfrig, one of the largest beef slaughterhouses in the country, announced that it would donate this amount to the Ministry of Health for the purchase of 100,000 rapid tests for the new coronavirus.
Two months later, on May 20, according to the company said in writing, the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic informed that the money would be used “with the specific purpose of acquiring and applying Covid-19 tests”.
On July 1, however, with the money already transferred, the Bolsonaro government consulted Marfrig about the possibility of using the funds no longer for tests, but for other actions to combat the pandemic. The resources then ended up in the Solidarity Collection project, linked to Pátria, by Michelle Bolsonaro.
Folha also revealed that the program Coordinated by Michelle Bolsonaro also transferred, without a public notice, money from private donations to evangelical missionary institutions allied with former minister Damares Alves (Women, Family and Human Rights).
Benefiting from R$ 240,000, the Association of Brazilian Transcultural Missions (AMTB) was nominated by Damares to receive the resources, according to documents from the Volunteer Homeland program, commanded by Michelle.
The AMTB is on the Federal Revenue website and on its own page on the internet with the same registration address as the NGO Atini, founded by Damares in 2006 and where the minister worked until 2015.