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We asked Poles if they wanted the United Right government to be held to account. The results are clear

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There are audits in ministries, investigative commissions, the prosecutor's office and the Supreme Audit Office. We asked Poles whether the ruling coalition should hold accountable the United Right, which has been in power for 8 years. The vast majority of respondents thought they should. The scale of irregularities, scandals and abuses is one of the main topics in the election campaign.

Politicians of the currently ruling coalition promised to settle the irregularities during the PiS government in the election campaign before the parliamentary elections in 2023. What has been achieved so far? Half a year after the government was sworn in, there is a request to revoke the immunity of the former deputy minister of justice – currently an MP from Sovereign Poland, Michał Woś.

– I understand the impatience of millions of Poles – said Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

A survey for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24 confirms this assessment. When asked whether the current government should hold its predecessors to account, 65 percent of respondents answered affirmatively. 29 percent said she should not settle. 6 percent chose the answer “I don't know/it's hard to say.”

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Opinia24 research results for "Facts" TVN and TVN24

Should the current government hold its predecessors to account?Opinia24 research results for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24Opinia24/Fakty TVN

– This clearly shows how much rebellion, anger and fury Polish men and women are aroused by the fact that public money was stolen – commented the Minister of National Education, Barbara Nowacka.

PiS politicians are trying to downplay the announcements of settlements. – We have settlements from which nothing comes out – said Bartłomiej Wróblewski, PiS candidate for MEP.

– Sooner or later these chairs will be filled, and if not the chairs on the investigative commissions, then the chairs or benches in the courtrooms – said Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, KO's candidate in the European Parliament elections.

READ ALSO: Donald Tusk: PiS letters to the EP are actually wanted posters. “We will settle evil. Do you want it faster? It will be faster”

Slowly, but fairly

One argument invariably appears: the prosecutor's office is independent. Works meticulously. – The fact that there are no spectacular actions at the moment, the fact that Minister Ziobro is not standing before you right now and not announcing who he is about to put in prison, the fact that there are not all those in prison on the basis of extractive arrest who happen to be under the government's control doesn't like it, I consider it one of the most important things when it comes to achievements after the October 15 elections here in Poland – said Donald Tusk.

The inspection of the Justice Fund has already yielded specific information. The Ministry discovered that over PLN 200 million went to where Sovereign Poland politicians ran.

Resources from the Justice Fund and electoral districtsFakty TVN/Ministry of Justice

– You have to have no conscience to take from people in need. You need to have God only on your lips, not in your heart, to take money from the most needy women, victims of crime – said Krzysztof Śmiszek, Deputy Minister of Justice, candidate of the Left in the European Parliament elections.

– If there were irregularities, they need to be explained. Please put the evidence on the table. For now, we only have the testimony of a man who is being exploited – said Beata Szydło, PiS MEP and PiS candidate in the European Parliament elections, talking about the testimony of Tomasz Mraz, former director of the Justice Fund Department at the Ministry of Justice.

Tomasz Mraz presented recordings about rigging competitions. The prosecutor's office has dozens of hours of them. According to Ryszard Petru, Third Way's candidate in the European Parliament elections, it is crucial to bring charges as soon as possible to politicians who are suspected of breaking the law.

Public funds for the election campaign? Negative assessment of the respondents

61 percent of respondents in the Opinia24 survey for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24 said that they would negatively evaluate the possible use of money from the Justice Fund in the election campaign of United Right politicians. 23 percent of respondents would rate it positively. 16 percent chose the answer “I don't know/it's hard to say.”

Opinia24 research results for "Facts" TVN and TVN24

Resources from the Justice Fund – Poles' assessmentOpinia24 research results for “Fakty” TVN and TVN24Opinia24/Fakty TVN

Both studies were conducted by Opinia24 using CATI telephone interviews on a representative sample of 1,000 Polish residents aged 18 and over, on June 4-5, 2024.

Another ministry is under the microscope. NIK notified the prosecutor's office about the possibility of committing a crime by former Minister of Sport Kamil Bortniczuk. The scale and mechanism of irregularities are comparable to those known from the Justice Fund, as Janusz Pawelczyk from the Supreme Audit Office reported on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: What were Kamil Bortniczuk's reasons for granting subsidies? “Sport for all” or for a select few?

According to the Supreme Audit Office, it concerns the “Sport for All” program, and the irregularities amounted to PLN 90 million. The current Minister of Sport and Tourism, Sławomir Nitras, confirmed that Kamil Bortniczuk ordered changes to the results and protocols, made decisions other than those of the commission and awarded money at his discretion.

The prosecutor's office is also investigating the cooperation of the Government Agency of Strategic Reserves with the private clothing company Red is Bad, advertised by Mateusz Morawiecki and Andrzej Duda. In this case, the irregularities amount to hundreds of millions of zlotys.

READ MORE: The supplier of everything, he made money from the pandemic and the war. Thanks to orders from PiS

Main photo source: Fakty TVN



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