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President orders probe into alleged irregularities in MoFA

President orders probe into alleged irregularities in MoFA

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Aug 18, 2019 - 17:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has ordered a multi-dimensional inquiry into contract dealings, transparency in financial matters and foreign trips of Foreign Minister Salahauddin Rabbani.

The president ordered the inquiry after MEC and Over Sight Commission reported the existence of corruption in the Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, the anti-corruption watchdog MEC in its report had said a new investigation showed more than 460 people had been employed informally and based on nepotism in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

As part of the investigation by Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluating Committee (IJACMEC), also known as MEC, 10 MoFA departments were assessed from September 2017 to January 2019.

The findings show a large number of employees and diplomats in MoFA had been hired based on their political affiliation, bribery and connections.

The survey shows the MoFA hired more than 490 workers between 2011 and 2017 while the absolute majority or 466 of them were hired informally, without passing a test.

 The MoFA, however, rejected the report and termed it baseless and far from reality. The ministry said the MEC research was biased and based on personal creed and tendencies.

Days after the MEC report, the president ordered investigation into the financial affairs, signing of contracts and trips of foreign minister in a decree No# 1444 on August 15.

The presidential decree orders the formation of a powerful delegation to inquire about alleged corruption charges mentioned in the MEC research report.

The delegation, headed by an individual from the Presidential Office, will be accompanied by authorized representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the National Directorate of Security, the National Procurement Commission and the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

The delegation is tasked with investigating the manner in which diplomats, consulate generals and duties are appointed besides transparency and compliance to legislative decrees.

In addition, the decree directed the investigative team to probe the already signed procurement contracts of MoFA, transparency, accountability in financial matters including revenue and expenditures.

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