Integrity Watch Organizes an International Anti-Corruption Day Conference in Nangarhar

Integrity Watch Organizes an International Anti-Corruption Day Conference in Nangarhar

By: Anayatullah Alami

Integrity Watch organized a conference of people and government officials in Nangarhar on 11 December 2019 to celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day.

Mr. Mohammad Salihi, Integrity Watch Provincial Coordinator for Nangarhar stated that the United Nations has celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day every year since 2003. Referring to this event, he said, “The fight against corruption was an obligation of all Afghans. I invite everyone to join forces to fight corruption and play their part to allow us wipe out the existing evil culture of corruption.” He added that Integrity Watch has been facilitating community monitoring of public services in Nangarhar to prevent corruption for the last decade.

Mr. Shahmahmood Miakhel, Governor of Nangarhar, thanked Integrity Watch for celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day. He said, “Corruption leaves negative effects on security, governance and development. Therefore, all sections of society should fulfill their obligations in the fight against corruption.”  Addressing government departments, he said, “For the purpose of achieving transparency, government departments should inform the public about their activities on a regular and timely basis.”

Mr. Abaseen, Member of Nangarhar Integrity Network, said, “We are committed to raise public awareness about corruption and to help them first recognize what they can do themselves and then work to prevent corruption”.  Mr. Asadullah Khaliz, another member of the Nangarhar Integrity Network demanded promise from the participants never to pay a bribe.