Moldova’s President Is Running Away from the Quarantine

Moldova’s President Is Running Away from the Quarantine
31 May 2020 | 19:45

Every week, President Igor Dodon visits different districts in the country, people’s courtyards, houses, and hospitals. Dodon is hiding from someone or something. 

During the quarantine, Dodon took his family out for a walk through the park. At the same time, the citizens were trapped in houses and fined if they went out for vital needs. Previously, Dodon stated that the coronavirus effects are insignificant. 

After visiting hospitals or crowded places, where he could easily get infected, for several days, Dodon paid visits to the veterans of the Second World War, whom he identified in districts. He went there without a mask as usual. 

Every day, Dodon runs a marathon of posts on social networks, in which he appears on photos next to the elderly and children, in gardens and in fields, on farms and amidst workgroups. In every post, Dodon mentions that he visited, met, and donated. Why are these presidential activities inefficient or even flawed?

According to the law, the President’s responsibilities are limited to office activities such as the appointment of judges, the award of orders and medals, the granting of citizenship, the accreditation, and recall of ambassadors. The Constitution does not say anything about taking the presidential procession to the farmlands, nor about walking with political alms to families selected according to party criteria. The law states that the President of Moldova is the guarantor of the Constitution, guaranteeing the rights of all citizens. But Dodon is hiding behind the presidential procession.

The President of Moldova should fight against human rights violations, against those who violate the law and encourage the institutions to punish the perpetrators. And if Dodon decides to guarantee the rights of all citizens he must fight corruption starting with the rule of law. The court should defend every person’s rights. However, no one has guarantees to find justice in the Moldovan courts. Dodon had to start promoting the act of fair justice and the rule of law daily if he really wanted to remain in history. 

It is obvious why he hasn’t done it yet. An independent judiciary would work against corrupt politicians, punish them, put them in prison, and order the confiscation of assets and the return of stolen money from the people. Does Dodon need such justice? Is he ready to appear before an independent judiciary to justify the illicit financing of his election campaigns, his vacations, his wealth, the actions “financed” by his wife’s or his party’s foundations?

Zuzana Caputova, the President of Slovakia, held a meeting with the heads of legal institutions and had a serious discussion on the reform of the Slovak Prosecutor’s Office. “The Prosecutor’s Office has changed very little in the last 20 years. We can all agree that its current form no longer meets the demands of the time or the problems we face,” Caputova declared in public, addressing the Slovak justice managers. We have expected that Dodon might come up with a similar message, followed by actions.

Dodon is still making fussy visits, carrying candies to children or medals to selected elders. He does selective charity actions, ignoring the rest of the citizens. Then he selectively goes to TV stations that praise him and gives interviews praising himself. Dodon is in an alleged quarantine or isolation from the real and critical world, the world for which he is a hollow guarantor.

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