Quelali has been a university student for 20 years and is in his third term as leader, after the FUL elections.
The executive secretary of the Local University Federation (FUL) of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) of La Paz, Álvaro Quelali, received Bs 681,000 in his six years as leader for a trip of 10 people to Cuba, to buy biosafety equipment and hold the 2021 student elections; They denounce an alleged mismanagement of the funds that come from the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons (IDH).
“It is disbursement for trips to Cuba, he has taken out for 10 students (who) have not even gone to UMSA, they are outsiders (who) do not have tuition, only two students should have gone and 10 have gone. They are 200,000 Bolivians, it was five years ago, when he was a leader of the FUL; those resolutions will be shown to you. We ask for accountability, they are (resources) of all students,” said UMSA student Kely Apaza, who presented disbursement authorization documents to the ANF.
Several disbursement documents are signed by the rector Oscar Heredia, who chairs the Honorable University Council. Apaza accused the student authority of “undermining” the alleged mismanagement of Quelali.
The FUL executive assumed his third three-year term. Apaza denounced that in the university elections of November 2021 there was a fraud, since after knowing the result that favored another block, at night, the figures varied and Quelali won; then, the questioned leader of the University Confederation of Bolivia (CUB), Max Mendoza endorsed the controversial victory with a letter of recognition.
Quelali also received airfare and per diem of $57 per day for five days in Cuba, where he attended an international congress. For the activity, a resolution was passed in February 2020.
“Authorize the Financial Administrative Directorate, as an exception, to proceed with the payment of per diems corresponding to February 15, as it is a Saturday and a non-working day, since it responds to the travel itinerary,” reports part of the document.
Quelali is a student at UMSA, she began her university career in 2002 and studied Mathematics and then acquired a degree in Systems Engineering. According to Apaza, the FUL executive prefers to remain in the university to benefit from public money and in complicity with Mendoza.
The third case of corruption revealed by Apaza has to do with the authorization of Bs 200,000 to equip the UMSA faculties with biosafety supplies. “But to date they have not put an alcohol gel,” said the student.
“APPROVE the project «INTERNAL HEALTH BIOSECURITY EQUIPMENT» presented by the Local University Federation, with a budget of up to Bs200,000.- with resources from the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons – IDH, from the refund established in Law No. 1307, whose document is attached as background to this Resolution”, the document refers.
The third case of alleged corruption of Quelali is about 281,000 Bolivians who applied for the electoral committee, which organized the FUL elections in 2021. “The committee said that it was going to spend more money and they have given it more money and they have made a outright fraud, we demand an audit; It has been followed for more than half a year and there is no audit, ”he said.
According to the resolution for the money required in the elections, the first disbursement was for 150,000 bolivianos, in the name of the president of the Electoral Committee, Juan Pablo Tapia. Then the same group demanded an additional amount of money.
Among other cases observed, Apaza explained that three years ago, Quelali requested Bs 50,000 to reward 200 students. “But they gave them a lunch of 10 bolivianos, that’s why they are using the name of the students.”
They also authorized Bs 50,000 for a trip to Tarija in April of this year, where there was to be a congress, but the Tarija students clarified that it was not a counselor activity, “they just went for a walk.”