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Strong Will for fighting corruption does not exist in political offices- Ludin

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Strong Will for fighting corruption does not exist in political offices- Ludin

High Office for Oversight and Anti-Corruption says that political offices in Afghan government lack a strong will for combating corruption.

President of the High Office for Oversight and Anti-Corruption Dr. Azizullah Ludin called the release of two Attorney Generals who were recently arrested on charges of bribery in Kabul and absence of municipality’s cooperation in construction of unauthorized buildings as example of evident corruption in the country.

Dr. Ludin said these words in a consultative meeting with experts on finding ways to fight corruption on Sunday.

“I admit that we have not been able to do what we should have done in these two years. I was reported that 7 people from one family were employed in a customs department. 3 or 4 days ago I found out that the two detained Attorney Generals are released on bail.”

According to Mr. Ludin, lack of security and lower salaries of employees are another factors of high corruption.

He also criticized the employment of inexperienced individuals in government offices.

He said that now individuals are selected not on the basis of experience but rather on the basis of their foreign language and computer skills.

A number of experts spoke about the lack of serious commitment from the government to fight corruption in the country.

Ahmad Saeedi mentioned a document that has been presented to the Council of Ministries, but no decision has been made about it.

“This is Minister of Agriculture Mr. Asif Rahimi’s signature on this document whereby he is informing the government about lands that have been usurped, but the Council does not take a decision on it. Usurped lands are: 267 yards in Parwan province 23,000 in Bagram, 1,121,000 yards in Faryan, 600 yards in Badakhshan, 500 yards in Badghis, 1900 yards in Kunduz, 1,000 yards in Kandahar, 12,000 yards in Khost, 6,170 yards in Nangarhar, 8,000 yards in Herat, and 256 yards in Ghor.

A number of experts say that President Karzai’s cabinet of ministers handle corruption cases, but they say the administration refused to disclose the names of the people.

The works on anti-corruption have heightened after the Tokyo Conference, where Afghanistan was pledged USD 16bn over the next four years conditional upon the government’s efforts to eradicate corruption.


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