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More than 50pc of municipalities’ revenue unrealised: MEC

More than 50pc of municipalities’ revenue unrealised: MEC

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Jul 13, 2016 - 11:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The joint anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) says that more than 50 percent of municipalities’ revenue in Afghanistaninfo-icon goes uncollected.

MEC executive head, Mohammad Nasim Akbar, told reporters in Kabul on Tuesday that they had conducted a survey about municipalities’ revenue between July2015 and March2016.

He said the survey showed there was no a transparent system for the collection of revenue in municipalities. The deployment procedure of in the municipalities is old and do not match with the current constitution, he added.

Akbar said mayors were appointed based on political grounds and power-sharing instead of merit.He claimed 62 percent of mayors were high-school graduates or had even lower qualifications or experience. But they are still appointed to the high position.

A statement from MEC said: “The appointment of unqualified mayors not only affected municipality services, but also paved the ground for widespread corruption in collection of revenue and utilisation of funds.”

Based on the survey, municipalities in other provinces were given revenue collection targets of 5.53 billion afghanis for 1392, but they were able to realise only 2.21 billion afghanis.

The report shows the target for Kabul was 3.5 billion afghanis for 1393, but an amount of 2.88 billion was collected.Theirincomes would soar by more than 50 percent if the 200 municipalities were managed well.

Overlapping roles of the Kabul municipality and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), lack of coordination among relevant departments and interference prompted citizens, the private sector and government departmentsnot to pay taxes.

Akbar suggested deployment procedures of municipalities should be reformed, an effective system for collecting revenues] created and mayors elected.

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