Sunday, December 13, 2009

crackdown on corruption

There was a recent article in, Qatar - Central/S. Asia which announced the arrest of Kabul's deputy-mayor, Wahibuddin Sadat, for allegedly misusing his authority. Here's an excerpt from that article with special reference to the arrest and conviction of his boss, the mayor of Kabul, Abdul Ahad Sahebi.

"Afghanistan's government has come under increasing pressure to crack down on corruption in the wake of the country's fraud-tainted elections.
Analysts say public outrage over corruption and bad governance is fuelling support for the Taliban, who were ousted from power in the US-led invasion of 2001.

Sadat's (the deputy mayor) arrest comes five days after an Afghan court convicted his boss, Abdul Ahad Sahebi, Kabul's mayor, of awarding a contract without competition and sentenced him to four years in jail. He was also ordered to repay more than $16,000 involved in the contract.

The mayor was the first high-profile Afghan politician to be convicted since a task force was ordered by Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, to target government officials suspected of criminal activity. The solicitor general's office is also looking into claims that Sehebi failed to account for millions of US dollars that were meant to pay for reconstruction projects.

Sehebi, who has appealed the conviction, is refusing government orders to give up his post and claims he is being targeted as part of a political vendetta.

The government departments involved in the case have so far failed to agree on who should enforce the court's ruling.

Neither the courts nor the police say they have the ability to seize Sehebi and send him to jail and he is still receiving police protection at city hall. "

My comment: It is clear that not a lot of corrupt officials have been removed from office here in Afghanistan, since apparently there is no established policy as to which government department is responsible for doing so.

You could not make this up.

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