Dmytro Karpiy | Kyivshchyna
Last week, the regular session of the Brovary City Council was accompanied by a massive rally.
Local activists demanded greater transparency as some earlier unseen draft decisions suddenly popped up on the Land Commission’s agenda during the eve of the session.
Neither the city deputies nor the general public had time to properly examine the content of the documents, so activists came to the session demanding to scrap the “unexpected issues” – and succeeded.
In addition, they prevented other dubious land resolutions.
For years, Brovary’s citizens have been fighting against a corrupt land resolution that local authorities tried to push through.
However, after the victory of Euromaidan, activists seemingly compiled a set of outright illegal or questionable resolutions that in one way or another allowed some officials to get hold of public land and spaces, including the municipal park and swimming pools.
However, the Council keeps taking “strange steps” again and again, as if probing the public’s reaction.
Protesters entered the premises with posters reading “Lustration is Not over yet;” “The community has the right to know;” “The people have changed, jail will change the Council.”
Some protesters had land-related issues of their own to resolve with the Council. Other groups of protesters also joined the gathering.
The activists were peaceful.
Before the meeting, Alyna Dyachenko voiced the community’s position regarding to the additional draft resolutions.
Dyachenko stated two of their demands: take the unscheduled issues off the agenda and determine a definitive list of cases allowing for the convening of extraordinary sessions.
Journalists from several local publications covered the meeting.
After the speeches, Mayor Ihor Sapozhko immediately motioned to scrap a number of additional draft resolutions, which the council supported unanimously.
After this “victory,” the council dropped other draft decisions about which the opposition had doubts, e.g. the go-ahead to use 3.2 hectares of Brovary land. UDAR member Roman Simutin said the land has been used since 2007 without a penny of a rent paid.
The Council also removed a permit to build a parking lot in the neighborhood of Kupava from consideration following local protests. Simutin said he has plans to instead build a park on the site.
Another issue that was struck from the list was the withdrawal of a land plot on Korolenka Street from the lease rights auction. The opposition believes leasing that land would lead to the random construction of kiosks on there.
Council puts community to test
All social activists approached by the No Corruption! correspondent pointed out that the Revolution of Dignity’s victory made the Council officials heed citizens’ opinions.
However, it hardly changed those in power and definitely did not change their nature.
It was not the first time in recent months when the local officials tried to secretly pull through corrupt resolutions. However, when the community chimed in, the red tape was pulled away.
The 19 May meeting of the Brovary Land Commission, when the Council, among other things, attempted to allocate land to persons involved in the falsification of the 2012 parliamentary elections, still lingers in public memory.
And this was when the Council could not find land plots for local Brovary residents.
The consideration was withdrawn from the City Council’s agenda then as well. During the same week in May, townspeople learned about the termination of the permit to use areas in Victory Park that was issued to former PM Azarov’s masseur, Mykola Fedorenko.
It seems like officials are trying community’s patience. Sometimes they succeed and use corruption schemes. Sometimes they are told firm “no” and escape unharmed. The community has no choice but to keep a watchful eye and work to replace these corrupt public servants as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Ukraine has to fight on two fronts, and an enemy within may prove to be more serious than the external foe.
Unless we fight them both seriously.