Former education minister rejects SIGAR allegations
KABUL (Pajhwok): Farooq Wardak, former education minister, on Saturday rejected report of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) regarding embezzlement in US assistance in the country’s education ministry.
Also Asadullah Balkhi, incumbent minister of education, during his remarks to Wolesi Jirga alleged the former administration of dispatching salaries and resources to some schools that were not existed.
SIGAR has recently asked the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit report regarding its volume of assistance to the education ministry.
But Farooq Wardak rejected the allegations leveled against the education ministry and termed the statement of current education minister as baseless and far from facts.
He said the allegations were politically motivated and had nothing to be proved. Wardak rather alleged majority of the donors in Tokyo, Chicago, London and Washington conferences did not materialize their pledges.
The nation and government was fully aware of assistance and its expenditures, said, adding the ministry had taken action against fraud schools back in 2008 and there was no case of graft in the financial matters of the ministry.
He said the education ministry was not involved in the direct expenditure of assistances, adding that USAID through its different contractors provided assistance to the education sector.
The former minister said SIGAR had to investigate every contract and the employee of that agency spearheaded the contract of education ministry.
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