According to the court decision released this Friday (2), by the Public Ministry of Bahia (MP-BA), the city should not transfer any amount to the company Balada Eventos e Produções, responsible for the contract, relating to the artist’s show, which would charge R$1.3 million to perform in Campo Alegre de Lourdes.
Wanted by g1, the singer Gusttavo Lima’s advisor informed that Balada Eventos, the company that represents the artist, will comply with the court’s order.
He also said that he emphasizes that the contract signed with the municipality of Campo Alegre de Lourdes “followed the legal requirements and values the legality of the contracts”.
Through a post on social media, Campo Alegre de Lourdes City Hall announced the cancellation of the party scheduled for February 9th.
In the decision, judge Vanderley Andrade de Lacerda highlighted that the MP’s complaint, made on Thursday (1st), reported that the amount spent on singer Gusttavo Lima would represent more than the budget of the entire Municipal Department of Culture established in the Annual Budget Law for 2023 and 2024.
In the action, the MP noted that serious financial and structural problems, in a public and notorious way, affect the city’s residents. This is because, according to the state agency, the municipality was recently classified as fifth worst index in Bahia in relation to health, education and sanitation management.
Furthermore, for the MP, the event expresses public expenditure that is disproportionate to the city’s priority actions, including the fee of R$ 1.3 million foreseen for the presentation of a single band, without any study regarding the economic return that would be brought with promoting the festival.
In a note, the MP-BA pointed out that it carried out due diligence and identified that the fee paid to the artist does not consider expenses such as stage structure for other presentations, dressing room, lighting, sound, chemical bathrooms and space for the event’s audience.
TJ-BA accepted the MP’s complaint and highlighted the declaration of an emergency situation in the city in September of last year, the same month in which it signed a contract with the artist.
In the action, the judge pointed out that “by carefully analyzing all the documents analyzed, I can see that the high cost of holding the “Gusttavo Lima” show is disastrous given the financial and budgetary capacity of the Municipality, which is in a declared situation of public calamity, receiving funds for investment in culture almost four times lower than the amount paid to the band”.
Public civil action by the MP
Public prosecutor tries to prevent Gusttavo Lima show in city in emergency situation
The MP filed a public civil action on Thursday (1st), and contacted the company responsible for hiring the artist. Before filing the public action, the MP-BA stated that it tried to reach an agreement with the municipality, but was unsuccessful.
In the action, the institution asked that the resources not be passed on to the contracted legal entity and that other hiring of artists or equipment and structure not be made.
He also asked that the Court order the search and seizure of the sound equipment and the suspension of the electricity supply in all places planned for the shows.
Substitute councilor Antônio Emanuel de Souza granted an injunction and determined that the mayor of Campo Alegre de Lourdes, Enilson Marcelo da Silva, must comply with the decision immediately.
According to the organization, if the show is continued, there will be “a penalty of disobedience to the Court of Auditors’ determination, which could result in the imposition of a fine, the offer of representation to the State Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate any illegal acts and the determination of compensation for losses caused to the treasury [conjunto dos recursos financeiros públicos]”.
Councilor Antônio Emanuel questioned the “violation of institutional principles of morality, reasonableness, economy and proportionality, especially due to the emergency situation declared in the municipality”, due to the drought that hits the city.
Gusttavo Lima’s show became the target of criticism due to the distortion in values:
- Gusttavo was hired for R$1.3 million — R$1.1 million for fees and R$200,000 for accommodation and transportation costs.
- O value is three times greater than the city’s budget for culturewhich is around R$413 thousand.
- At the same time, the municipality is in an emergency situation since September 12th, the same month he signed a contract with the artist, due to the drought.
Through a note sent on Thursday, the city council of Campo Alegre de Lourdes, which has around 30 thousand inhabitants, said that the celebrations in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes are traditionally held in the month of February and have always featured great musical attractions. .
Still in the note, the municipal management informed that the celebrations are extremely important for the development of the municipality, as they strengthen the local economy and commerce, attracting tourists and visitors.
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