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Former Secretary of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda, is disabled


The former secretary of Culture María Cristina García Cepeda, known as Maraki, she was disqualified for 10 years and, together with two members of her team, must pay a fine of 59 million 313 thousand 462 pesos, the Ministry of Public Function (SFP) reported yesterday.

The reason is that the officials authorized donations for the same amount to the civil association Puerto Cultura to create the Museum of Museums inside the Old Palace of the Marqués del Apartado, which was never carried out. However, public policy experts view the event as a gimmicky measure that will end up in court without much consequence.

According to historical data, Palace of the Marqués del Apartado It is located on the corner of Donceles and República de Argentina, built by Manuel Tolsá between 1795 and 1805, so any modification must be informed and endorsed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

From this property, INAH itself extracted the Technical Archive of the National Archeology Coordination of INAH -also called the National Archeology Archive-, which since 2018 remains in a temporary headquarters without adequate conditions (Excelsior 06/22/2020).

But going back to the non-existent Museum of Museums, the Internal Control Body (OIC) of the Ministry of Culture detailed that the three officials “did not obtain prior authorization from the INAH to carry out work on the property, as they have it, due to its architectural quality. and historical, the Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Zones, and the General Law of National Assets”.

In addition, that the delivery of said donations was carried out in two parts, one for 50 million pesos, in March 2017; and another for 9 million 313 thousand 461 pesos, in July 2018, “without considering the applicable regulations”, for which they caused damage to the treasury due to the fact that the museum was not completed as a result of a deficient exercise of functions of the responsible”.

Faced with such irregularities, the OIC pointed out, the three officials were disqualified for 10 years and a compensatory fine of 19 million 771 thousand 154 pesos to each of the former public servants of said agency who had responsibility, among which is the former Major of the then SC (Francisco Cornejo) and the former General Director of Administration (María Eugenia Araizaga).

The sanctioning procedure, the agency abounded, began after, in a meeting of the Institutional Control and Performance Committee (Cocodi), in November 2018, the OIC noticed possible irregularities in the granting of donations.

For which “he conducted an audit, providing those involved with all the guarantees for their defense, and resolving that they did not comply with the responsibilities inherent to their assignment”, with which Maraki, appointed Secretary of Culture of the CEN of the PRI in September 2019 , became yesterday the second Secretary of State of the past administration to be sanctioned by the current Public Function.

The first was the former head of the Secretariats of Social Development (Sedesol) and of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Rosario Robles, disqualified in September 2019 for a period of 10 years due to lack of veracity in her patrimonial declaration “, the SFP abounded.

According to the list of donations registered with the SHCP in 2017, the SC of Maraki used item 48101 to deliver the 59 million pesos to the civil association Puerto Cultura to “create a new museum model whose conceptual axis is based on the interpretation of the objects and cultural expressions that are exhibited there ”.

In addition, “his speech should be based on research, documentation, conservation and exhibition activities to disseminate the most representative of Mexico’s cultural heritage; and it will be complemented with new museographic technologies and will have the name of the Museum of Museums (which) will cover topics and periods from prehistory to the present, with services for all types of public ”, the justification abounds. And he used the same game the following year.

The news was revealed yesterday by Humberto Musacchio in Excelsior, in your column Republic of Letters.

This newspaper asked the SFP for details about the sanction and if there is any ongoing legal process or punishment for Puerto Cultura AC, but until the closing of this edition it did not provide additional information.


Four hours after the announcement, Garcia Cepeda he responded to the SFP’s statement on his Twitter account and stated that the sanctions imposed by the OIC “are notoriously unfounded”, so “I will challenge them before the competent authorities within the time limits granted by law.”

He assured that he has already provided “supporting documentation on the administrative decisions that were made at the time”, so “I contribute with the institutions to properly clarify each point on this case.”

And he added: “I have always worked under the principles of transparency, accountability and unrestricted adherence to legality in my more than 40 years of public service ”.

For his part, Arturo Saucedo, an expert in public policy, told this newspaper that it is only a media case that will be taken to litigation and possibly discarded. “It is an effective announcement that does not go to the bottom of the problem, because we have a series of observations, sanctions and irregularities in the granting of resources to that project, but the question is: why was it done through a donee?” he pointed.

What do you observe for the following days? “A lawsuit, that is, they notify the disqualification and the sanction to those involved and they will initiate a lawsuit, for which a judge will determine if the documentation they have (trades, agreements, work sessions or memorandum) supports or not the authorization from INAH to the project ”.

And he added: “If the INAH considered that it was not viable because there were irregularities or impairment of assets, he had the powers to report it ”, which he would have to prove. In addition, it would be interesting to know which authority decided that with what was delivered by the association the millions paid on account of the treasury were justified, who signed and decided that the museum would no longer be built, who authorized the project to stay that way and that the resources go to a donataria ”, he concluded.