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Corruption plagues all govt offices in Afghanistan

Corruption plagues all govt offices in Afghanistan

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Nov 07, 2019 - 19:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two investigative reports show corruption exists in one way or the other in all government departments of Afghanistaninfo-icon due to problems in the national anti-corruption strategy.

The reports say the government had made efforts for curbing corruption, but dealing with the problem is responsibility of everyone citizen.

The reports titled ‘Fighting corruption in Afghanistan and social responsibilities’ and ‘Evaluating national anti-corruption strategy in Afghanistan’ were published by National Committee Justice Advocacy for Public Policies and a number of other civil societyinfo-icon institutes today.

Ahmad Shohair Anil, head of the committee, said, “Our findings show corruption exist in one or another form in all government offices, the government also tried to stop it but it is a social responsibility of all to take part in reducing corruption.”

He said the culture of fighting corruption should be institutionalized and public awareness about the problem should be increased.

Obaidullah Abdi, another member of the body, said that corruption plagued many parts of both government and private sectors which damaged hugely construction, customs and others.

He said the surveys were conducted in five provinces of the country including Kaubl, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Bamyan based on group interviewsinfo-icon and meetings during a period of two months.

The findings show the government did not implement the national anti-corruption policy properly, he said.

“Besides government offices, a number of private sector institutes also caused\ corruption and facilitate it in order to get government projects,” he added.

The government alone cannot deal with corruption and there was a need for relevant organs and the private sector to work jointly for curbing it, he said.

Abdi said a number of private sector’s companies did not care about environmental protection in Afghanistan and they ignored consumers’ conditions and worked only for self interests.

:Many companies that give bribes, Zakatinfo-icon and charity are ignored, illegal extortions still exist while workers are used as slaves in many cases”, he added.

However, Abdi said there were some companies who did charity. Citing an example, he said some telecom companies had built parks while others had charity foundations for poor people.

He said there were still problems in implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy as it encountered some issues during its first and second years.

He said the parliament and provincial administrations as well as the private sector had done little towards implementation of the strategy. “Public opinions are not given importance and departments are not given extra budget for implementation of the strategy”, he said.

Khan Jan Alokozay, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) deputy head, also said that corruption existed in all organs in the country but the government’s part of corruption in construction area was huge.

He said projects were not awarded professionally, politicians and parliament members interfered in contracts and contracts were given based on quota.

“It is not a myth. A quota that reduces projects’ quality, some private sectors and government officials are involved in this corruption practice, graft still persists in customs offices, there are no scanners at sales and laboratories in any of the country’s customs offices,” he concluded.

Mds/ma

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