Senior Ghor officials face corruption charges
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Some members of the provincial procurement committee in western Ghor province, including the deputy governor and the revenue department head, have been referred to the prosecutor’s office for investigation on corruption charges, the governor said on Sunday.
Those referred to the provincial attorney’s office include the deputy governor, Mohamamd Amin Tokhi, the revenue department head, Mohammad Yousuf Maslakfaham, the police procurement body head at the police headquarters and some other members of the committee for interrogation.
Ghor Governor Sima Joinda told a press conference here the accused had granted contracts to companies without advertising them for open bidding against the law and at higher rates than the market.
She said contracts for five construction projects including a building for the police headquarters at a cost of 117 million afghanis were given to a company on higher rates.
Her deputy, also head of the procurement committee, and others officials involved had been referred to the prosecutor’s office, she said.
“I want to start the anti-corruption drive from my own office. Officials of other department officials would meet the same fate if found involved in corruption,” she said, adding they had referred the officials on the basis of proofs.
The attorney’s office head, Gul Ahmad Haidari, said they would start interrogating the officials on Monday based on an official letter from the governor’s office.
If they were found guilty, they would be suspended from their posts and punished in accordance with the law, he added.
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