AGO staffers detained on bribery charges

AGO staffers detained on bribery charges

KABUL: Four personnel of the attorney general office (AGO) were detained on charge of taking bribe, the office said. These people were detained in the Lalpour district of Nangarhar province in the east and their charge was demanding 36,000 Afs bribe, according to a statement issued by the attorney general office which said Sunday that their cases were under investigation. Administration corruption has been a major challenge in the government. The challenge is actually a legacy of the Hamid Karzai’s administration. Western media, donor countries and international organizations believe that billions of dollars are given and taken as bribe each year in Afghanistan, where according to President Ghani, 90 per cent of people live under poverty line.

Inspector General’s Office Yet to Address Corruption Cases

Inspector General’s Office Yet to Address Corruption Cases

KABUL - Inspector General Ghezal Haris on Saturday said that her office has not managed to start its work in handling major corruption cases involving government officials. She cited a lack of legal framework as the main issue hindering the body in carrying out out its assessments of the corruption cases against high level government officials. Back in 2018, President Ashraf Ghani in a decree announced the formation of the Inspector General’s Office and ordered the legal framework of the body to be completed in three months.

Corruption is a National Threat to Peace and Prosperity

Corruption is a National Threat to Peace and Prosperity

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Undeniably, corruption is a serious issue which not only deprives the country from many international aids but also block implementing national projects in Afghanistan. In recent days, the government has announced the Dastarkhan-e-Melli (National Food Table) but unanimously rejected by parliament due to widespread corruption in the country. The representatives of people in parliament say this plan is too big to be transparently implemented in the current corruption context. They emphasize that the enormous amount of allocated money for the plan can fund many national projects in the country while there is no guarantee for transparent spending in national project as well. In general, the administrative corruption is not only national threat to Afghanistan but also considered as mother of all problems in the country. It hugely increased the distance between government and people. It tremendously held back the economic growth and caused promotion of poverty in the country; it enormously demoted the culture of meritocracy but promoted the culture of despotism in the country.

AGO, ACJC Failed to Pursue Major Corruption Cases: Watchdog

AGO, ACJC Failed to Pursue Major Corruption Cases: Watchdog

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But the AGO has said that over the past six months the ACJC has managed to process corruption cases involving 90 government officials. RELATED NEWS ACJC Making Progress In Tackling Corruption Cases Watchdog Criticizes Ghani's Handling of Kabul Bank Funds Recovery Thumbnail Integrity Watch Afghanistan, a Kabul-based monitoring organization, on Thursday said that the Attorney General’s Office and the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center (ACJC) have failed to handle major corruption cases in the country.