Thousands of Afghans declare war on corruption
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghans marked International Anti-Corruption Day in the capital Kabul and other provinces, declaring an all-out war on the scourge.
Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) launched a one-day campaign against graft in Kabul and other provinces, where thousands of people signed the banners it had installed.
IWA Investigation Director Izzatullah Adeeb told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Today we launched a campaign titled ‘I’m committed to transparency, accountability and integrity’ encourage the Afghans to act against corruption.”
The drive was also conducted in Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Parwan, Kunduz and Bamyan provinces, where more than 3,000 people signed a special banner prepared by IWA.
Another IWA official, Roya Musavi, asked people to share with them evidence and credible information of corruption.
“We are markingthe occasion to inform people there is a day devoted to efforts against corruption. On this day, we should raise a voice and join hands against graft,” she added.
Abdullah Taj, a resident of Kabul, also signed the IWA banner.He said government leaders had no intention to curb corruption. People should, therefore, press the rulers to do more to banish graft, he maintained.
Ahmad Sharif, another young man, also promised to join the campaign, accusing senior government officials of involvement in the menace. He believed corruption would continue as long as unqualified people acted as ministers.
International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed since 2003 when the the United Nations Convention Against Corruption was adopted.
Afghanistanis the third most corrupt country in the Asia Pacific region, according to a report from the Berlin-based Transparency International.
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