Rafael Manuel Tovar
(ZENIT News / Managua, 15.08.2023).- Daniel Ortega’s Government in Nicaragua gave the order to freeze the bank accounts of the Central American University (UCA) run by the Jesuits, official sources confirmed, which asked to remain anonymous.
The UCA has been watched by Nicaragua’s Government, since the social and political crisis of 2018, for being aligned with the Opposition. The Nicaraguan Authorities did not inform the University of an investigation of its accounting or of the origin of its funds. This intervention against the UCA is added to the detention in February, and the accusation against, Jesuit Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who continues to be in the Government’s prison.
The UCA’s Authorities have explained to collaborators and providers the difficulty they are having to meet the outstanding payments. “We lament the inconveniences and we will inform you once it’s possible to process payments through our central fund and alternative channels (…) given the inconveniences in our channels and means of payment beyond our will.”
It’s opportune to reflect that, in addition to the oppressive attack that Catholic institutions suffer, as Zenit reported on July 25, the expulsion of Nicaraguans and the management of family remittances that arrive in the country, imply business for the Ortega regime, according to the report in Spain’s El País newspaper. “It’s a policy of expulsion and exclusion,’ revealed Latin American Advisor, of Inter-American Dialogue, titled “Indicators of the Nicaraguan Economic Situation in 2023: Factors of Dependence and Pressure Options,” which reveals that the Nicaraguan economy is not growing, so that the arrival of foreign exchange from migrants in the United States implies a relief for families. But one thing’s for sure: Daniel Ortega criticizes the North American empire, but rubs his hands with the arrival of foreign exchange resulting from the work of migrants in the country of the north.
The Public Registry announced that is has immobilized all UCA’s properties, at the request of the Attorney General of the Republic. Another source, which asked to conceal its name, confirmed that the Government Authorities did not notify at all about the freezing of funds.