Balkh acting officials refusing to register assets
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Anti-corruption officials on Thursday said some acting departmental heads of northern Balkh province were refusing to register their assets.
The regional anti-corruption office in Balkh on Thursday started registering assets of security officials in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
Northern Zone High Office of Anti-Corruption head Abdul Rashid Halimi told Pajhwok Afghan News his office had begun registering assets of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps and Balkh police officials, including the provincial police chief.
He called the registration process as successful in Balkh, but said some acting officials were avoiding to register their properties.
The anti-corruption office has sent assets registration forms to all government departments, but acting officials were yet to fill them, Halimi added.
He said his office would reveal names of acting officials refusing to register their assets to the media if they did not register their assets during a 20-day deadline.
However, the governor’s house chief of staff, Qais Mehrain, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had informed all government officials to accelerate registering their assets. Mehrain added they would investigate about officials failing to register their properties.
Najib Paikan, coordinator of Balkh civil society institutes, said registration of assets of government officials alone would not help reduce corruption, but government departments’ performance should be evaluated.
But Halimi said a recent Cabinet decision had affected their authority in fighting corruption.
He added the Cabinet had cancelled government departments’ assessment right over the anti-corruption office.
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