The former mayor of Manilva Antonia Mu

The 749 sockets of the former mayor of Manilva Antonia Muñoz


He came to place his sister and his daughter-in-law as advisers in this small town in Malaga

The former mayor of Manilva Antonia Muoz in a file image.MS

Antonia Muoz she was a very popular mayor. In Maniva, the small town of Malaga halfway to marbella and of Gibraltar that ruled for six years, everyone wanted to be friends with the regidora. Throughout those years, he turned his office into a placement agency. He hand-picked and directly hired more than 700 of his neighbors, including relatives, which has earned him the conviction of the Court of Malaga. Many of those who came close to him when he was in power, now put land in between.

The ruling of the Ninth Section of the Provincial Court of Malaga condemns the former Manilva councilor -United Left-, to nine years of special disqualification from any employment or public office as the author of a continued crime of prevarication. The court considers her responsibility proven in the formalization of 749 employment contracts without the legal procedures and appropriate guarantees.

But, who is Antonia Muoz, the mayor of the 749 outlets?

Muoz came to the Mayor’s Office of Manilva in 2007 as head of the United Left list and remained at the head of this Malaga city council until 2013. His term as head of the Consistory was not exactly calm and was marked by controversy and suspicions of corruption, which ended up leaving her on the bench, even long before the game started.

The sentence is not final and the former councilor has been in favor of continuing to fight for her innocence in court, although the last word will be said by her lawyer who knows the law, Muoz said in conversation with EL MUNDO.

Those were very hard times, with a lot of pressure. I’m with my family now and I have nothing to do with politics, but the internet posts and press clippings are there, she says, her voice cracking.

I did not do anything with bad intentions, nor did I take anything, he says, but the Provincial Court considers that the former mayor of IU hired more than 700 municipal employees through two apparently independent companies, Manilva Development Foundation Y the Manilva Sports Club, but that they really were not, since they lacked their own funds, headquarters and staff different from that of the city council. In addition, the court details, such was the communion between the Sports Society and the Consistory that the stamp used was the same, as was the contact telephone number and it was the town hall itself where their payrolls were made and their workers are paid. .

With this mechanism, the sentence details, legal procedures are avoided and selection processes that require attention to the constitutional principles of equality, merit and capacity are dispensed with and those whom the mayor decides to hire are chosen in a personalistic way. This form of contracting, the ruling of the Court continues, became habitual, the exception being those cases in which the receipt of extra-municipal funds was conditioned on compliance with the law.

Among those hired as positions of trust, Antonia Muoz came to have her own sister and her son’s wife who joined as directors of the Foreigners and Coordination, and Promotion, Image and Protocol areas, respectively.

The first received a salary of 1,900 euros per month and 14 payments, having full and exclusive dedication; while her daughter-in-law earned, according to the decree signed on July 8, 1,341 euros per month in 14 payments.

Among her neighbors, many defend her and there are even those who justify her actions. I dont think is bad. It is logical that he wanted to hire someone he knew. I would have done the same, he says Pedro; others, like Mara either albert, criticize it harshly; but the reality is that no one wants her name to appear in the newspaper because this is a small town and we all know each other.

The Provincial Court has also condemned the legal adviser of the City Council at that time, Aitor M., to 21 months of disqualification for the same crime, in this case in degree of necessary cooperation. The magistrates consider that as a lawyer he had enough information to know that the hiring method was illegal.

Finally, the Malaga court has decided to acquit the then head of the Human Resources area, Diego Diaz, and the former Councilor for Sports, Francis Medina.


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