Herat PC has sought $50,000 in bribe, alleges mayor
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The mayor of western Herat province on Sunday accused the provincial council of demanding $50,000 in bribe in connection with the main road’s construction in the provincial capital.
Farhad Niayesh told a press conference here that seeking bribes by the provincial council had become a culture and the council had received bribes in each project executed in the province.
He said the provincial council had asked the construction company engaged in construction of the main road in Herat City to give them $50,000 in bribe.
The mayor said a three kilometers portion of the 10-kilometre road starting from old Cinema square had been constructed at a cost of $270,000 and work on the remaining 7km portion would be launched within a few weeks.
He said the provincial council had threatened the road construction firm to provide them with $50,000 in bribe, otherwise they would declare the road as substandard and of poor quality through the media.
But the mayor said the road was being constructed in line with the agreed standard and the project was being monitored by the municipality engineers.
He said the municipality was ready to answer questions about the road’s quality. He claimed some corrupt government officials tried from the day one of the project to scuttle it, but they did not succeed.
But the provincial council chief, Kamran Alizai, rejected the mayor’s allegation as unfounded. He said if the mayor could produce evidence in support of his allegation, they were ready to answer to the people and the government.
He said the provincial council members were ready to stand trial, but if the mayor failed to produce evidence in support of his claim, he should be prosecuted. He said the provincial council had never been a hurdle to projects in the province and they only oversaw projects.
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