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HOOAC signs MoU with civil society groups

HOOAC signs MoU with civil society groups

Aug 01, 2013 - 14:55

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) on Wednesday signed a long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four civil societyinfo-icon institutions on fighting corruption.

HOOAC chief Azizullah Ludin told a press conference in Kabul corruption could be fought effectively with support of civil society and other institutions.
He said the MoU included public awareness programs and improving the capacity of anti-graft officials.
The organizations include the Welfare Association for Development of Afghanistaninfo-icon (WADAN), the Corporation of Relief and Educationinfo-icon (CORE), Mesbah Legal Services Company and Justice Seekers Coalition.
Ludin said civil society and non-government organs had played an effective role in creating coordination at the HOOAC.
“Fighting corruption becomes difficult in the absence of coordination from the people and civil society groups. We need people’s and different organs’ help in this regard”, he said, admitting most government offices were rife with graft and both Afghans and foreigners were involved in the menace.
“Sigar which monitors American aid to Afghanistan says an amount of $50 million in aid has not been accounted for in Afghanistan, but we know that amount was spent on useless seminars, workshops and conferences. Unfortunately, no one has so far questioned why the money was wasted.”
Liaqat Ali Amini, the Justice Seekers Coalition head, said corruption could be overcome with collective efforts.

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