Afghan President Ashraf Ghani politically compromises in his fight against corruption, his special envoy suggested Tuesday.
“If (the president) has some remarks on a minister, he knows that (the minister) has another shelter. It becomes difficult for the president to quickly act,” Massoud, who is the President’s Special Representative on Reform and Good Governance, told a gathering in Parwan province.
“Political compromise is equally important to him as well,” he added.
Afghanistan is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world. However, President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to tackle the menace seriously.
He has taken steps in this regard including establishing the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Centre to bolster the legal system’s ability to tackle corrupt ministers, judges and governors.
However, he has been seen lacking in his drive against corruption with a recent survey suggesting that Afghans pay $3 billion bribes annually.
“I asked the police chief of Kabul why he was not changing district police chiefs in the city, he replied, he couldn’t do it, every chief has ties with an MP or a power,” Massoud said.
“How can an administration provide services with such a problem?,” he questioned.
The senior government official also warned of stepped up insurgency in the upcoming fighting season.
“Several countries are prepared to step up the fighting for their economic or security interests and meet their ideological goals,” he said.