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Another senior Kandahar official faces graft charges

Another senior Kandahar official faces graft charges

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May 23, 2015 - 18:20

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The sanitation and canalization department head for southern Kandahar province and three other workers of the department have been referred to the attorney’s office on charges of corruption and negligence in duty.

Samim Khpalwak, the provincial government spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the action had been taken in compliance with orders from the new provincial governor, Dr. Humayun Azizi.

He said Azizi had recently been appointed as the provincial governor, who had launched a series of investigations into the affairs of provincial departments.

As part of the investigations, Khpalwak said activities of the provincial sanitation director, Abdul Wahab Turabi, had been found unsatisfactory.

He said Turabi had been accused of misappropriating funds of some projects and negligence in duty and failing to provide Kandahar City dwellers with clean drinking water.

Similar charges have been framed against the three other officials of the department.

About 80 percent of residents of Kandahar City lack access to clean drinking water and the department concerned has been unable to resolve the issue over the past 14 years.

Previously, the Kandahar Football Federation chief, Mohammad Nabi Niazi, was introduced to the prosecutor’s office on corruption charges.

Niazi has been accused of collecting two million afghanis in revenue, but it is unknown where and how he spent the money.

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