The second deputy CEO Mohammad Mohaqiq, who has recently agreed on forming a trilateral coalition with two other political parties, blamed the National Procurement Authority (NPA) for giving contracts to some certain companies saying that the authority “is the source of corruption in the National Unity Government”.
Established by President Ashraf Ghani two years ago, the National Procurement Authority reviews all government contracts with private firms including fuel contracts of the security and defense institutions.
Mohaqiq said the NPA is behind the “failure” of ministries to spend their development budget.
“All the activities (of government) have been concentrated to the National Procurement Authority. The budget spending is being delayed in the procurement authority. If there is corruption, it is inside the National Procurement Authority, but (when it happens) it is asked from ministers,” Mohaqiq said in an interview with TOLOnews on Friday.
Mohaqiq who also leads the People's Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan formed the Coalition for Rescue of Afghanistan with Balkh governor and CEO of Jamiat-Islami party Atta Mohammad Noor and with Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first vice president and the head of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan in Turkey late last month.
Mohaqiq pointed out to the new alliance and said it is aimed at ending the monopolization of power in government.
He said cabinet ministers have no authority, no job to do and are abandoned.
“A few companies that belong to certain groups get the projects, but unofficial individuals outside the country get their shares,” Mohaqiq added.
When asked about who is corrupt in the National Procurement Authority, Mohaqiq did not name anyone and said “it can be anyone at the authority”.
The National Procurement Authority meanwhile rejected Mohaqiq’s remarks and said “all the decision in the authority are made jointly”.
“At least 81 percent of the projects are under the authority of the high ranking officials,” said Bakhtiar Najman, an anti-corruption specialist at the National Procurement Authority.
According to the NPA statistics, at least 130 companies have violated the procurement law and have been deprived of participation in bidding processes of projects.