English | دری

President Ghani demands UN to relinquish control of funds for Afghan police

in Afghan Business

President Ghani demands UN to relinquish control of funds for Afghan police

Frustrated by the vast mismanagement and waste of funds, President Ashraf Ghani unexpectedly demanded the United Nations Development Program to relinquish control of aid that funds the salaries of Afghanistan’s police officers.

The USD 5mn funds for the salaries of Afghan police have received intense international scrutiny in recent years and some donors have suspended payments to the program for its allegedly mismanagement.

President Ghani has given the agency a six-month deadline to turn over control of the funds to Afghan government.

According to the New York Times, President Ghani has called the Law and Order Trust Fund of Afghanistan a “cash cow” for the agency, which charges 4% to manage the money. At that rate, the fund earns more than $20 million a year, money the Afghan government as well as donors are eager to see land in the pockets of police officers on the front line.

Some believe that he has long been suspicious of the Agency’s management that dates back to his time as finance minister.

President Ghani had recently demanded the Agency to draft a plan to phase out United Nations authority, but instead he received a three-year extension proposal.

Aggravated at what he saw, he fired the Interior Ministry official, Haider Baseer, on the spot, and also called on the United Nations official in Afghanistan to introduce a new director for the program.

“When a president of a sovereign country asks you to come up with an exit plan and instead you start lobbying, are you partners or competitors?” he asked the shocked group, according to a person in the room at the time. (New York Times)

The six-month deadline seems to be too short to transfer control to the Afghan government, and there are rising concerns about the level of capacity needed in the Afghan government to manage these funds.



Related Articles

Helmand farmers switching to wheat cultivation

Farmers in Helmand, world’s largest opium-producing region, had cultivated wheat on about 100,000 hectares of land this year. In an

Businessmen sign $2mn contracts in Afghan-Iran economic exhibition

Afghan and Iranian businessmen signed contracts worth USD 2mn during the 2nd Afghanistan-Iran joint economic exhibition held in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

New building for statistics department inaugurated in Jawzjan

A new building for the statistics department in the first district of Sherberghan city in Jawzjan has been inaugurated. According

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.