VP Saleh Hosts Counter-Corruption Ambassadors Meeting

VP Saleh Hosts Counter-Corruption Ambassadors Meeting

Saturday, August 29, 2020 Kabul (BNA) The country’s First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh hosted a meeting of ambassadors to investigate ways of fighting corruption and restore good governance, a statement said Friday. At the meeting which was held at First Vice President Office and was jointly led by European Union Ambassador to Afghanistan Pierre Mayaudon and British ambassador Alison Blake , the first vice-president said the government leadership was taking firm steps to increase custom revenues, provide documents and proves against the corrupt individuals and circles, bring further transparency and facilitation in the procurements and restore a good and transparent governance in the country, the statement from first VP press office added.

Millions of afghanis embezzled in Herat police ration

Millions of Afghanis embezzled in Herat police ration

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Food offered to policemen and officers of different ranks in 24 hours in western Herat province is not according to the list based on their ration allowance, Pajhwok Afghan News has learned reliably. Photos, videos and other documents of daily food offered to police show the meal is not according to the general list, which is prepared on the basis of ration allowance, with the bulk of embezzlement taking place in the amount allocated for rice and meat in food allowance of every policeman.

Afghanistan Grappling with Corruption

Afghanistan Grappling with Corruption

Combating corruption has long been a prerequisite for international grants and the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made innumerable commitments to eroding corruption. In 2018 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, focused on policy and strategy, Afghanistan’s short-term deliverables for 2019-2020 under the Mutual Accountability Framework were established as below:

Ex-minister among 17 referred to AGO on graft charges

Ex-minister among 17 referred to AGO on graft charges

KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 17 employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), including former acting minister Nargis Nehan, have been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for investigations on graft charges. The former acting minister and 16 other employees of the ministry have been referred to AGO in connection with corruption in the Ghorian salt mine contract, which was canceled two and half years ago. MoMP had signed a five-year contract with a private company named “Namak Nasir Omaid” on January 2, 2018 for extracting sedimentary salt from the mine in the Ghorian district of western Herat province. The salt was to be obtained from running water. According to Nehan, who was acting minister at the time, 25,000 tonnes of salt was to be extracted annually from the mine, and the contracting firm would have to pay 1,065 afghanis in royalty per tonne --meaning an annual income of 65 million afghanis for the ministry. She had then claimed the company would pay the ministry an additional amount of 120,000 afghanis annually in land rent.

SIGAR: 50% Police in South Use Drugs, 50-70% ‘Ghost Soldiers’

SIGAR: 50% Police in South Use Drugs, 50-70% ‘Ghost Soldiers’ Also, “50% to 70% of police positions were “ghost soldiers,” said SIGAR, meaning personnel listed on the books do not exist. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), citing reports by Afghan agencies, said that nearly half of …

We can purchase smuggled ventilators: Embassy

  We can purchase smuggled ventilators: Embassy KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty-two smuggled ventilators to Pakistan have been sold out and if the Afghan government orders, these devices could be purchased and the issue investigated, the Afghanistan’s Embassy in Islamabad said on Tuesday. Earlier, Pajhwok Afghan News reported that 32 ventilators Afghanistan …

50-70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are ghost soldiers: SIGAR

50-70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are ghost soldiers: SIGAR

Between 50 and 70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are not active, valid personnel, but ghost soldiers, according to a new US watchdog report has said. According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the assessment was jointly made by Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry and the National Directorate of Security. The provinces cited in the report were Kandahar, Zabul, Helmand and Uruzgan.

In a decade, 7pc of work on dam costs 1b afs

In a decade, 7pc of work on dam costs 1b afs

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): With more than 1.1 billion afghanis spent in the past 10 years on the construction of the Machalgho Dam in southeastern Paktia province, only seven percent work on the project has been completed so far, Pajhwok Afghan News has learned reliably. The National Development Support Agency (NDSA) provided more than $1million for the project in Ahmadabad district. In addition, an Afghan-Russian company called Gulf has claimed $4.5 million and the project design company agency $2.29 million due to currency devaluation.

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.