Accountability key to discouraging corruption: Arsala
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday said fighting corruption required all government departments to be ready for accountability.
Nasratullah Arsala told a gathering held to discuss anti-corruption efforts, that all government officials should familiarise themselves with the culture of accountability. He said officials should not think they were exempted from being held accountable.
“We should offer ourselves for accountability of what we have done and the culture should become common in all agencies. Some newly-appointed officials think they will not be asked.”
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) office head in the southeastern zone, Mushtaq Ahmad, said officials of all government affairs should first learn about rules and regulations to make their affairs transparent.
He said transparency and accountability would make government institutions reliable, strengthened and their capabilities increased.
“We should say we can’t ensure transparency in government institutions until they are strengthened and their capacity is increased.”
Meanwhile, Paktia provincial council member Mohammad Rahman Qaderi said the provincial council members and civil society activists should seriously monitor government organizations’ affairs to counter corruption.
Qaderi said officials should be held accountable under an organised system for the sake of bringing reforms to public entities.
Paktia officials say 20 officials of several departments accused of corruption were introduced to the judicial organs last year.
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