Necessary Measures Taken To Fight Corruption, MoD

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Wednesday May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for defense said they were committed to fight corruption and have already taken practical steps in this regard.
According to them, practical steps have been taken to register identity of all security forces’ personnel in information bank and investigate 1418 criminal cases of officials. Deputy technical and logistic affairs of the ministry for defense, Ghulam Sakhi told media that the ministry is committed to fight corruption and serious steps have already been taken in the respect. “We are committed to uproot corruption in Afghan National Army’s ranks, as this is a long way ahead,” he further said.
He added the MoD officials have realized if corruption is not seriously fought, the ministry would lose financial and equipment assistances of the donor countries. On existence of ghost security forces, he said the registration process of ANA personnel and officials of the ministry for defense is in progress at the information bank and 35000 soldiers and officials would include the process until June. Likewise, property forms of 190 generals of the ministry have been delivered to the high office of oversight on anticorruption, he continued. A military expert, Haidar Hemat told that fighting corruption would be a really difficult process if the rule of law is not existed. Fighting corruption would follow with suitable results if the president makes effort to enforce law in the country, otherwise, it would be only a word, he added.
A veteran and military expert, Sefatullah Amarkhil believes that corruption is a challenge before the Afghan government and world community, because, it has caused to face Afghanistan’s developments with serious challenges. In fact, while enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a United Nations report released last month, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of public services. “For the sake of the country’s future, corruption in Afghanistan must be addressed and eliminated,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. He said the UN welcomes the progress already made, and fully supports the Government’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption in the interest of ending impunity, ensuring accountability and transparency, and restoring integrity to the management of public services, finances and natural resources.
In its report entitled Afghanistan’s Fight against Corruption: The Other Battlefield, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), highlights the country’s progress in addressing corruption. Drawing on internationally recognized best practices, it provides recommendations for how the Government, with the continued support of the public and the international community, can build on those achievements This is while that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the third conference of fighting corruption in Kabul said that corruption was a serious challenge in the country, as the international community has said it would cut assistances to Afghanistan unless fighting corruption was seriously fought.
Suraya Raiszada

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