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MEC clears DABS in 207.5b afghanis scandal

MEC clears DABS in 207.5b afghanis scandal

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Aug 09, 2018 - 18:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Thursday cleared the Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshana Shirkat (ABS) in a more than 200 billion afghanis disappearance claim as ‘a technical mistake.’

The MEC said the mentioned amount had directly been spent by the donors and the DABS had no role in allocation of those funds.

The MEC last year published a report regarding administrative corruption in the power utility, in which the disappearance of 207.5 billion afghanis foreign aid was also included.

Addressing reporters here, MEC Commissioner Bari Salam accepted a technical mistake had been committed in the MEC report regarding the 207.5 billion afghanis.

He said after evaluation of DABS documents regarding the amount, it became clear that the amount had been spent by donor countries in the energy sector and spent by foreigners from DABS budget and the power utility had not control of its management.

He said MEC had shared 71 recommendations with DABS, out which the power utility had implemented 25 recommendations.

Salam added DABS should accelerate distribution of digital meters to power consumers in Kabul and launch the process in provinces as well.

DABS head Amanullah Ghaleb said the MEC report then spread negative impression regarding the power management of power utility and even people refused to pay their electricity bills.  He said DABS was responsible for spending every afghani and had documents for it.

Ghaleb said to completely eradicate corruption, DABS planned to hand the collection of electricity bills over to the private sector.  He said the strategy had been prepared and would be finalized soon.

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