IWA asks govt officials to declare assets
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) said on Tuesday only 36 percent of government officials had so far filled, but improperly, of around 10,000 assets registration forms they had been distributed.
Article 154 of the Constitution requires the president, his deputies, ministers, the chief justice and the attorney’s general to declare their assets before joining and leaving office.
The anti-corruption law also binds members of parliament, governors and the election commission chief to register their assets, wealth, income and debts. The law was ratified and endorsed in 2010.
IWA chief Syed Akram Afzali told reporters here that the government had pledged at the 2012 Tokyo conference to eliminate administrative corruption, stop illegal capital flight abroad and register assets of government officials to ensure transparency and good governance.
He, however, said the government had failed to honour it promise and corruption remained on a scale. Afzali said the previous and current government officials showed no interest to sign the assets registration forms, which he said could prevent corruption.
He said out of 9,607 forms, which the anti-corruption authority had distributed, only 3,448 had been filled and that too with invalid information.
He said some officials, who had nothing before assuming government jobs, became wealthy and earned millions and billions of dollars from unknown sources.
Afzali said individuals who looted the national treasure had a greater say in government affairs and they actually ran the country.
The IWA head said corruption prevented the process of assets registration from being properly implemented and no one could be referred so far to the attorney’s office for having illegal assets.
He said Foreign Minister Slahuddin Rabani, Mines Minister Daud Shah Saba, Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi, Hajj and Religious Affair Minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani and Refugee Minister Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi had registered their assets.
Afzali asked President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to promptly register their assets and encourage other officials to follow suit.
He warned if the process failed, the government would not be able to narrow the gap between the poor and rich and some individuals would continue becoming wealthier.