"The Challenge of Corruption" in the Parliament
FEFA hosted a meeting on "The Challenges of Corruption in Parliament" on August 8-2018 at the conference hall of this organization. A large number of delegates and members of civil society organizations, political activists, writers, university professors, Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), and the Upper House (Meshrano Jirga) members and the 17th period candidates of the Wolesi Jirga have also participated at the meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to analyze corruption in the parliament and gather views and ideas about corruption and find solutions to the crisis and eventually prepare a comprehensive plan to address this problem. Participants, representing different social groups and various strata of society, shared their views and prospects on instances of corruption and approaches with each other, as a whole, reference of Parliament members in ministries and the conduct of taking commission by some MPs, intervention in the affairs of the government and the executive branch, Abuse of the Authority of Parliament membership and representation, the non-exercise of the right to vote and the competence of peoples’ representation concerning the national interest and the demands of the clients, the application of the right to vote in favor of ethnic interests, supporting criminals and mediation for the release of criminals from prisons were part of instances of corruption in parliament. The participants consensus on the consequences of corruption, all of them believed that corruption causes the parliament’s invalidity and weakens and incapable the parliament in oversight of the government. Also, corruption in the parliament has had a negative impact on the political participation and trust of the nation towards the government in the country and has reduced rate of registration in electoral process in an unprecedented manner. From the perspective of the participants of the meeting, the cause of corruption was the ethnic structure of power in Afghanistan, the collusion between the government and some Members of Members of parliament, the lack of a clear inter-parliamentary mechanism for monitoring, the lack of pressure from the civil society and the media on the parliament, tribal cultural structure, low cost) Slight penalty (for corruption in Afghanistan and etc.
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