Eleven days after remarks by the acting finance minister on the embezzlement of at least $8 million a day in the country’s customs, the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday said it needs details on the claims to complete its investigation.
Talking to lawmakers at a plenary session this month, acting Finance Minister Khalid Payenda vowed to disclose the names of those who are involved in the embezzlement of money from customs on a daily basis, but the details have not been made public so far.
The Independent Anti-Corruption Commission, which was formed last November, has assessed 19 cases of corruption, according to its director, Abdul Qayum Nizami.
“It is the legal responsibility of the acting finance minister when he raises such an issue to have documents and information, and to share this information at the earliest opportunity,” Nizami said.
The Ministry of Finance said that investigations into this case are underway.
“We have started our assessment of this. We will share our findings with MPs once the assessment is done,” said Rafi Tabe, spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
Some MPs said that keeping information secret about the customs corruption case is a kind of treason.
“Most of the institutions that have been established to fight corruption have had a political nature,” said Abdul Rauf Inami, a member of Parliament's finance and budget committee.