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Millions of dollars in aid to ANA embezzled: SIGAR

Millions of dollars in aid to ANA embezzled: SIGAR

Jan 09, 2015 - 12:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Special Inspector General for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconstructioninfo-icon (SIGAR) in its report revealed that millions of dollars had been embezzled in the construction of a facility for the Afghan National Army's (ANA) Camp Commando.

In a statement, SIGAR noted that the facility cost the US a total of $57.1 million. In its detailed report it said that the generators bought for the Camp could only provide about 25% of the intended power. Limited power stemmed from damage to the electrical system caused by the ANA making an improper and unauthorized connection to a transformer.

In addition, the US is funding $2.1 million to repair the power plant's electrical system, it said, adding that fuel point costing $332,000 was never used as planned and a second fuel point costing $1 million was built nearby, but the pumps there are also not being used.

It said that dining facility built for 280 Afghan soldiers is handling 1,600 soldiers and the inspection was hampered by lost records that have been a problem at other sites SIGAR has inspected.


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