Human Rights Advocates Call for Investigation into ‘Modern Renewable Marrakesh’ Projects and Financial Examination for Manipulation

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights called for a financial inspection and audit of all completed projects included in the “Renewed Marrakech Metropolis” program, fearing that “manipulation has occurred in quality standards and the specification book of the projects, and the legal consequences for any infringement of the law, corruption, suspicion of waste or mismanagement, whatever its nature and source, and whatever the party, whether it is a public institution or a contractor.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, Al-Manara Branch, stressed in a statement the need to determine the outcome of the restructuring of 27 districts, and determine the responsibilities for the failure and transformation of the restructuring into rehabilitation, with investigation and investigation. judicial. on aspects of the spending of the budget assigned for it, and comparing it with the works actually carried out, “because we fear that the conditions of transparency and integrity are lacking, and we also reserve the knowledge of the result of the hearing of our branch in the matter, and we fear that the file be buried to serve the agenda of corruption and weak responsibility”, adds the association.

The jurists renewed their demand to hold responsible those responsible for the failure of the programs to achieve their objectives related to the improvement of the city and the contribution to its development.
The comrades of Ghazis Ghali demanded the acceleration of the completion of all projects within reasonable deadlines and the cessation of all improvised and random methods, which have become an obvious harm to the population, especially the neighborhoods that know of works seemingly endless, underlining the need to preserve human heritage and respect technical, technical, scientific and historical standards in restoration operations, ensuring the quality of the works, and checking, through tribal and remote monitoring, the degree of harmony of the works and the assigned economic cost.

The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, Al-Manara Branch, Marrakech, had previously issued a detailed report in November 2017 on the failure and failure of the “Marrakesh, the renewed present” program, including its observations on the financial cost of some achievements. , and the lack of respect for scientific, technical and artistic norms in the restoration of some historical monuments, this program that was designated for it A huge budget in the range of 6.3 billion dirhams, the project that was launched in 2014 and was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

The association criticized the technical and artistic “distortions”, whether in the restoration operations of historical monuments or in the working conditions of the workshop workers and the guarantee of their safety in carrying out the work entrusted to them, and its successive delays until it became a “nightmare for citizens and an object of ridicule”, and the execution of its economic and service projects, highlighting that a simple glance around the piles of garbage and dirt accumulated on the sides of the historic wall, not to mention the paralyzed repairs to the wall, which depend on reinforced concrete and cement, with the continuation of random buildings that are on top of the fence, and the lack of liberation of its sides, and the continuation of constructions higher than the fence, highlight the magnitude of the problems that accompanied the measure.

The association also raised a restructuring project for 27 roundabouts distributed between the communities of Harbil, Taslatan and Saada, for which, in turn, an approximate amount of 770 million dirhams was allocated, which flagrantly failed and gave results that were not met. with the standards of the right to housing, especially in the provision of wastewater treatment equipment, provision of drinking water, paving and attention to educational institutions, putting an end to dismantled construction and other reforms included in the program on paper.