$5m anomaly unearthed in MoD oil contracts
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh corruption case of massive volume, a body tasked to evaluate the Ministry of Defence (MoD) logistic contracts unearthed embezzlement of over $5 million, dealing a huge loss of $100 million to national exchequer.
Last year, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree directing a body to thoroughly evaluate all logistical contracts of the MoD.
Earlier, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, Wolesi Jirga member, also claimed of having documented proof of $215 million embezzlement in an oil contract signed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
He said he had shared the evidence with the authorities concerned and former president Hamid Karzai, but failed no step could be taken to ameliorate the situation.
HamidullahFarooqi, head of the body evaluating the contracts, said his findings showed some of the MoD oil contracts had been signed in far more expensive prices than those of ISAF and international forces.
He told journalists in Kabul more than $5million of bribes had been exchanged between the sides of the contracts that were totally $1 billion.
Farooqi did not disclose the names of those involved in the irregularity but said they were both higher level officials and lower level officials atMoD.
He added they had submitted their reports to the president. “Those involved in the contracts should be sacked from their positions and our suggestion is that these contracts should be cancelled.”
Around 17 companies had participated in a bidding out of which six of them were approved by the MoD for supplying fuels to Afghan forces. At last, only Ghazanfar group had won the contract worth $1 billion.
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