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Decree issued to probe corruption in Covid-19 fund

Decree issued to probe corruption in Covid-19 fund

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Jun 30, 2020 - 18:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In compliance with a presidential decree, the Ombudsperson Office would address complaints regarding spending of resources in the fight against coronavirus, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.

Earlier, a Pajhwok Afghan News claimed the smuggling of 32 ventilators to Pakistaninfo-icon at a time when coronavirus patients are dying due to the lack of oxygen and other medical facilities in the country.

The president has inked a seven-point decree to address complaints regarding the expenditure of resources and investigate media reports on alleged corruption in the fund allocated for fighting Covid-19.

Article first of the presidential decree says that since the spread of coronavirus and for an effective fight against the virus, in line with duties and responsibilities of state institutions, the remaining points of the decree are approved in order to ensure rule of law, transparency and accepting the responsibility according to government commitment.

Article second of the decree asks the Ombudsperson Office probe complaints regarding alleged corruption in line with Presidential Decree No. 3 dated back to May, 12/2018.

According to the article three, clause first of the presidential decree the Ombudsperson Office gets relevant complaints from individuals, media, civil societyinfo-icon, academic and research institutions.

On the bases of the second clause of the same decree, complaints could be received through e-mails, telephones in person and any other possible method.

Article fourth of the decree asks the Ombudsperson Office to get the required documents from relevant institutions for further clarity regarding complaints and refer materials with criminal and punishment importance to concerned authorities.

The Ombudsperson Office would refer materials with its recommendations, which doesn’t fall under article clause two of article fourth of the decree.

The investigation body will publish its report on the basis of Access to Information Law for the public awareness.

Article five of the decree orders every responsible and concerned government institution to fully cooperate with the Ombudsperson Office during complaints investigation and provide needed documents and materials.

According to article seven of the decree, the investigation body is obliged to provide monthly report about its progress over the issue to the Presidential Office.

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