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Dec 06, 2017
Nangarhar court receives no corruption case this year
Dec 05, 2017 - 18:18
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Despite several reports about administrative corruption in different government organs of eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial appellate court says it received no corruption case this year.
Nangarhar residents, civil society activists and provincial council members strongly criticize the High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) that says its authority is limited.
Nangarhar residents say negligence on the part of anti-corruption organs and lack of political will to fight the menace are reasons why no case was processed by the Nangarhar provincial court this year.
A statement from the Nangarhar Appellate Court received by Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday said the court’s head assessed anti-corruption performance of his office during a meeting on Monday.
Abdul Wali Qazizada, the appellate court head, told the meeting that no corruption case was reported to the court by HOOAC’s eastern region office since late March.
“Many problems exist in many organs, but corruption cases are intentionally not reported to the court,” he said.
Ahmad Shah Nabi Momand, HOOAC head for the eastern zone, who attended the meeting, said though their authority was limited, still they evaluated 40 contracts.
He said 80 corruption cases had been reported to his office since the start of current 1396 solar year and they had shared them with the central HOOAC office on time.
Momand said their authority was limited and could not make decisions independently.
“Corruption cases are first shared with the central office and then referred back to the zonal office with some directions, therefore this long process creates problems in dealing with corruption,” he added.
However, Nangarhar residents, civil society activists and provincial council members accused HOOAC of negligence and said there was no political will for fighting corruption.
Dr. Niamatullah, head of Human Rights Network in Nangarhar, told Pajhwok Afghan News HOOAC office’s negligence and lack of will to fight corruption prevented corruption cases from being reported to the provincial court.
Eng. Rahat Gul Sukal, a resident and civil society activist, said the anti-corruption office itself did not want to find corruption cases.
Provincial council secretary, Zabihullah Zamarai, opposed the creation of HOOAC office and said the office itself was created for increasing corruption.
He said the attorney office had its own sections for investigating corruption, land grabbing, kidnapping and other issues but the anti-corruption office was creating hurdles in dealing with such cases.
In the recent past, a document was circulating in social media that revealed rampant corruption at Nangarhar customs.
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