Govt lacks strategy to fight graft: MEC
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Sunday expressed concerns about the rise of corruption in the country, saying the government lacked proper strategy to fight the menace.
Rashed Behroz, MEC director, told journalists in Kabul the pace of anti-corruption efforts was very slow as compared to the scale of corruption in Afghanistan.
“Anti-corruption campaign is not satisfactory. The government institutions don’t know how to go ahead with the process. There is no coordination among those departments that are part this campaign,” he added.
Behroz said the anti-corruption drive was not transparent in the government departments and some did not share information with MEC. “In some cases high-ranking officials’ names are involved. These cases need to be thoroughly investigated.”
He also alleged that judicial organs were not cooperative with MEC in providing reports about the overall state of corruption in the country.
Behroz blamed procrastination in introducing the government officials as a reason for the slow-paced anti-corruption efforts.
Sayed Hamidullah, an advisor at MEC, said interference by top officials was a major impediment on the way of judicial organs.
He welcomed the unity government’s will to fighting corruption.
MEC officials also expressed deep concerns about the government-run New Kabul Bank’s performance, saying the institution had registered a loss of $7.5 million in the past one year.
The findings by MEC showed that the bank had a loss of $47 million in the last four years. The government has been compensating the bank’s loss from its own budget.
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