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Civil society rejects govt’s anti-graft strategy

Civil society rejects govt’s anti-graft strategy

Sep 30, 2017 - 20:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistaninfo-icon (IWA) and other civil societyinfo-icon organizations on Saturday rejected the government’s national anti-corruption strategy and demanded an independent commission to deal with graft related matters.

IWA head Syed Akram Afzali and members of other civil society organizations told reporters in Kabul that the government had pledged three years back to form an independent commission to deal corruption.

“Despite repeated reminders, the government is yet to honor its promises. We want the government to create an independent commission in line with Jakarta principles in order to avoid confrontation with the civil society.”

Gul Ahmad Madadzai, head of Afghanistan Legal Experts Association, said the approval of the national anti-graft strategy by the government showed it was still not serious about fighting administrative corruption.

He warned if an independent commission was not formed, corruption would not be controlled.

The High Council on Rule of Law has approved the ‘National Anti-corruption Strategy’ during a meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

First Vice-president Sarwar Danish had said justice and judicial organs, civil society groups and international partners had been consulted on the strategy in meetings with them and some of their views had been incorporated.

President Ghani had told the meeting it was important to have visible and measurable movement against corruption.

The president said the people of Afghanistan and international partners were demanding practical steps from Kabul against administrative corruption.

He said every department should have their anti-corruption plans and the relevant law needed review and amendment to be more effective.

The president promised increased oversight role for civil society and media in the anti-corruption campaign and asked the civil society to come up with their proposals.

Ghani said a widely attended meeting should take place after every six months with reports about the outcome of the national anti-corruption strategy.


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