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Wheat scandal: Nuristan governor sacked

Wheat scandal: Nuristan governor sacked

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Feb 03, 2014 - 22:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has removed the Nuristan Governor Tamim Nuristani and two other officials for their role in the theft of wheat meant for distribution to residents of the remote eastern province.

The decision on sacking the governor was taken at a Cabinet meeting late on Sunday, a statement from the Office of Administrative Affairs said on Monday.

At the meeting, 2nd Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili briefed participants of the findings of a delegation tasked with probing 3,000 tonnes of food aid to Nuristan residents.

Also the Disaster Management Committee head, Khalili said the wheat was sold in Kunar and Laghman provinces and part of it delivered to Nuristan people. Provincial council member Anwar Khan allegedly sold 229 tonnes of the wheat in Kunar.

The deputy minister of agricultureinfo-icon, who headed the delegation sent to Nuristan, confirmed the misuse and sale of the wheat by local government officials.

Based on the inquiry result, the Cabinet approved the sacking of the governor and directors of disaster management committee and rural development. The meeting decided the trio be referred to prosecutors for investigations.

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