The Minister of Economy Abdul Sattar Murad Thursday said Afghanistan must fight corruption from ‘a national platform’ and at 'a national level campaign’.
“The absence of national will for fighting corruption is one of the big problems so far,” he said.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of EU Delegation George Cunningham called on the Afghan government to accelerate its efforts against corruption in public offices – particularly in the country’s legal and judicial institutions.
“All Afghans should take personal responsibility for ending the scourge, including refusing to benefit from the corruption of others. Let us all together work for that end,” he stated.
The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) meanwhile blamed President Ashraf Ghani for ‘unnecessary meddling’ in all government affairs, claiming that Ghani failed to comply with his promise on formation of an anti-corruption commission.
“Government which is owned by people hears and addresses people’s problems; therefore, President [Ashraf] Ghani and Chief Executive [Abdullah Abdullah] should hear the voice of the people. We receive many complaints about corruption in public offices whether it is judiciaries or the public health ministry,” the IWA chairman Ekram Afzali said.
The Presidential Palace would not comment on the corruption issue.
This comes after Transparency International ranked Afghanistan the 8th most corrupt country in the world in a report released this week.