The Anti-Corruption Institute was founded in 2018. It is a non-profit organization, that seeks to identify, investigate and analyze the causes and effects of corruption, ethical violations, abuses of power and the wider lack of transparency, integrity and accountability in public administration and the private sector, both nationally and internationally, in order to propose comprehensive and multidisciplinary solutions aimed at the eradication, mitigation and/or control of the associated risks.

Blood is thicker than water

In the El Espectador newspaper, Camilo Enciso, Director of the Anti-Corruption Institute, presented one of the discoveries made during the CabilVeo Project. The findings present the arrival of Claudia Daza (also known as Cayita Daza, a former adviser to Álvaro Uribe), Álvaro Eduardo Pupo (who is linked to paramilitary processes), and Nixon José Cáez (a major contractor from the César department) to the ICBF offices [ICBF is Colombia’s national Family Welfare office]. In the list of arrivals, it appears that the three visitors were headed to the office of Juliana Pungiluppi, the former Director of the ICBF. However, Pungiluppi asserted that she met only with Daza.

These meetings throw up a series of questions to which Enciso seeks an explanation from National Government, given that “Cayita” Daza could exploit her position as an official from the Congress of the Republic in order to benefit a third party.

The return of parapolitics

The Director of the Anticorruption Institute, Camilo Enciso, published an article in Semana Magazine on 22 April 2020, where he provided an analysis of the second phase of the Cabilveo research project, which seeks highlight activities and relationships with a degree of ‘interest’ whereby businessmen, members of Congress or other individuals try to influence the decisions taken by the national government.

To this end, Enciso asserted that “For the past two years, the Finance Minister, Alberto Carrasquilla, has been meeting behind closed doors with numerous politicians with proven ties and even convictions related to their proximity to paramilitary organizations or corruption.”