Pepe Montoya is a councilor who was not attached to Roquetas de Mar City Council following his departure from Ciudadanos. He filed today with the Almeria Provincial Prosecutor's Office an allegation for administrative prevarication. The complaint was made against Gabriel Amat, the mayor of Roquetas and Guillermo Lago the secretary general of the Consistory for allegedly imposing and informing two resolutions that he considered "arbitrary and unfair" and were both of the deliberations.
I'm not the first councilor to not be attached to the Roquetas City Council. But I was the first to be banned from taking part in plenary sessions. Pepe Montoya explained that he is taking this matter to the Prosecutor’s Office to defend my rights as a councillor. Gabriel Amat tried to take them away from me." He also recalled that this was the first time that a councilor has been in this position.
Gabriel Amat has clearly stated that he intends to silence me and that neighbors will not hear what I have to say. It is clear that it is a deliberate attempt to harm the municipality. I will make it difficult for your. Gabriel Amat is above law and democracy, and justice will one day be done in Roquetas. Perhaps he will be the one to leave City Hall escorted away by the police," said the councilor, upset at the mayor's decision.
Montoya filed his Citizens discharge and asked for his passage to the Roquetero Consistory as a non-attached councilor. The mayor also prevented Montoya from taking part in the plenary discussions that day. That is why he fled that session. In the next plenary session, Montoya was expelled from the mayor for accusing the secretary arbitrarily in the report that justified his veto.
Montoya also requested the Prosecutor’s Office to urge Court to adopt a precautionary step so that the ban on participation in the next plenary sessions can be lifted. Knowing that the time between the final resolution and the end of the corporation mandate could be longer, Montoya did not ask for a Court order to do this.
When asked about the complaint, Roquetas' mayor avoided making any statements. He referred to the municipal secretary's report that ratifies the mayor's position that limits the intervention of non-assigned councilors. This was something that had never happened in Roquetas City Hall, where there were loud confrontations between Maria Jose Lopez, the non-attached member of this formation, and the PSOE. The current mandate has seen some intervention by the two nonattached members who have left Vox and were not just part of the government team in areas that affected them.
Amat assured Montoya that his expulsion did not limit representation. The controversy erupted when Amat stated that the secretary's report defended the contrary. It allows the non-attached councilor to intervene in any matter that the Law contemplates, and even makes proposals and motions. He stated that a non-attached councilor with no group has an overrepresentation of the members of the political group.