A number of senior government officials have still not registered their assets – as per an agreement made by the Afghan government to the international community.
With just weeks to go before the Brussels Summit on Afghanistan in October, where the national unity government leaders have to give feedback on the issue, the lack of cooperation has become a matter of concern.
Spokesman for the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) Abdul Qahar Farrukh Siyar said that about six very senior government officials have not registered their assets while others have kept some facts secret.
He said asset registration by government officials is new in the country and that due to the lack of diplomatic relations with a number of countries, his office is not able to track and recover money that has been moved out of Afghanistan by a number of alleged corrupt officials.
He said this problem has created numerous challenges for his office.
According to the HOOAC, the first Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first and second deputies of the CEO, Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Mohaqiq, the National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the head of independent directorate of local governance and the Chairman of the Office of Administrative Affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi are still to register their assets.
“The first vice president [Dostum] has received the registration form but has not sent it back to our office. Other officials that have not sent their forms include the CEO’s deputies, the national security advisor, the head of independent directorate of local governance and the Chairman of the Office of Administrative Affairs,” Siyar said.
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s office would not comment on the issue, while the National Security Advisor’s office said they have sent the form to the HOOAC.
However, Dostum’s office said the first vice president is traveling and will complete the form once he returns to Kabul.
Meanwhile, Sayed Akram Afzali, head of Integrity Watch Afghanistan, said he does not trust the transparency of the asset registration process of senior officials.
“First the assets are not registered properly. Government should not end this process by receiving the completed form. The fact that a number of officials have not registered their assets affects the political will to fight endemic corruption,” Afzali added.
“There should be another commission to assess the assets that are registered. People are not aware of whether the assets are registered properly,” said Khan Zaman Amarkhail, head of Afghan Anti-Corruption Network.
According to HOOAC, a number of former government officials have also not registered their assets.
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