Marian Banaś wants to recall his deputy Tadeusz Dziuba. On Tuesday, the parliamentary commission for state control negatively assessed the motion of the head of the Supreme Audit Office in this matter.
Banaś applied for dismissal of the vice-president of the Supreme Audit Office to the Marshal of the Sejm. He also sent a notification to the prosecutor’s office about the suspicion that Dziuba had committed a crime of failure to fulfill his obligations. According to him, deputy president of Dziuba was supposed to block the work of the Supreme Audit Office in July, refusing to vote at a meeting of the college on the reservation of the Ministry of Justice to appear after an audit concerning the Justice Fund.
Marian Banaś wants to recall his deputy
On Tuesday, a meeting of the parliamentary commission for state control was held, which dealt with Banas’ request. The Commission gave a negative opinion on the application. 7 deputies voted for the rejection, 3 were against, and no one abstained.
The head of the Supreme Audit Office sustained his accusations, arguing that Dziuba deliberately paralyzed the adoption of the NIK report by not taking part in the vote, while participating in the meeting.
He said that Dziuba tried to break the quorum at a meeting of the college, explaining that he had made extensive material. According to Banas, Dziuba’s behavior “is completely unacceptable and undermines the seriousness of the constitutional body that is the Supreme Audit Office”. – It was not the first such behavior of a vice president – he added.
Banaś argued that the primary duty of NIK college members is participation in the meeting and voting on the resolutions. He argued that there was no legal possibility for them not to vote while being present at the meeting. He said that actions such as Dziuby resulted in NIK’s inability to carry out its tasks by completely paralyzing its actions.
He stressed that he had notified the prime minister, deputy prime minister Jarosław Kaczyński and the head of the CBA Mariusz Kamiński about his reservations, and then also notified the prosecutor’s office.
He said that as a result of another, earlier notification, in August the prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation into possible unlawful influence and pressure exerted by Dziuba on NIK auditors and unauthorized corrections of information on the audit results in the case of four different NIK audits.
He assessed that Dziuba as the deputy head of the Supreme Audit Office “did not guarantee the maintenance of the independence and objectivity required for this position,” and the fact that an investigation was initiated against him disqualified him from holding this position.
Dziuba responds to Banas
Dziuba refuted Banas’ allegations. He claimed that they are “absurd and intended to cover up what is happening inside the Supreme Audit Office”. According to him, the NIK college did not have enough time to read the documents. He said that when the regulatory committee dealt with the immunity of the head of the Supreme Audit Office, “Banaś, through his attorney, cried that he had 11 days to read 57 pages of the prosecutor’s request”. – We had 570 pages and 7 days – he said.
He argued that there is no provision that obliges a member of the college to vote because he is independent and cannot be pressured in any matter. According to Dziuba, the claim that he was to paralyze the work of the Supreme Audit Office is also incorrect.
Dziuba said that Banaś “camouflages what is happening NIK”, and – as he claimed – “illegal things are happening there”. He spoke about employing directors at the Supreme Audit Office on non-statutory terms – as acting – which, in his opinion, negatively affects the situation of employees and makes them susceptible to putting pressure on them.
Banaś wants to dismiss his deputy. Politicians comment
Wojciech Saługa (KO) said that the situation in NIK shows what the PiS government led this institution to. He pointed to the crisis resulting from the conflict between the head and deputy head of the Supreme Audit Office and the failure to appoint new members of the college. Michał Szczerba (KO) said that Dziuba tried to use a “freezer” mechanism in the Supreme Audit Office to block the control of the authorities’ actions.
Piotr Sak (PiS) argued that there were no substantive arguments in the motion to dismiss Dziuba. He assessed that Banas’ action was “an attempt to get rid of an uncomfortable person from NIK.”
Przemysław Koperski (Left) spoke about the war in the right-wing camp. He argued that when it comes to the situation in the Supreme Audit Office “as under the Somme – neither side will win, both will bleed out”. And the victims of this conflict – in his opinion – are Poles.
Main photo source: PAP / Tomasz Gzell